Snow Dazzeld In Iowa

A boy rides down a snow and ice covered street Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) AP

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.


Few people who have driven across the state of Iowa would describe it as breathtakingly beautiful. Those of us who have lived there have a running joke. Oh there's plenty to see in Iowa: sometimes the corn is on the right side of the road, sometimes it's on the left.

Well Monday night a frozen blanket of fog descended on the state leaving everything covered in a thick coat of frost. As the sun rose Tuesday morning … the snow-covered countryside … now with its diamond-encrusted trees literally glistened in the early morning sunrise. We headed north on the campaign trail up to Spencer and Storm Lake. Over and over I kept saying it's so beautiful. Narnia, said my traveling companion. Something else again, I began to think. As there on the frozen horizon stood a hillside cluttered with gigantic wind turbines. Futuristic looking sentinels of the prairie.

Remember what they said in "Field of Dreams" ... is this heaven? No … Iowa.



Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.
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