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In the aftermath of Iowa blizzard, sun on the snow

Blizzards create a great contrast of snow conditions from strong winds that exceeds 35 miles per hour. On the windward side of a natural or man-made barrier the ground may be completely barren of snow, while on the leeward side snow may stick, in spite of its dryness, to trees, shrubs or prairie grasses and flower stalks. Wildlife tends to gather in these locations as the effects of wind-chill are dramatically reduced. Here we see the leaf of a compass plant tinged with red from the setting sun.

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