A Brief Break in the Clouds

As often noted, it’s been unusually stormy here in the Pacific Northwest. So when the sun broke out at ten this morning I went online and read that the sunshine should be around until early afternoon. With little hesitation, I grabbed my camera and headed out to Nisqually to try to get some pictures.

As it turned out, the sunshine lasted about as long as it took me to get out of the driveway, and not a moment longer. It’s hard to get great pictures when it’s gray everywhere you look, but at least it didn’t rain on us and I managed to get a few interesting shots.

I somehow imagined that these cormorants, sitting in the middle of the flooded Nisqually river, were talking about how big the salmon that got away was:

The muted grays were pretty typical of the day. What wasn’t gray was mainly muted brown, but when you’ve been trapped inside for weeks even browns take on their own beauty:

I’m sure a male American Widgeon would find this young lady every bit as beautiful as I did.

7 thoughts on “A Brief Break in the Clouds

  1. Really good photos, Loren. The water shimmer and reflections in the bottom one are special! The widgeon is beautiful, and the herons are surely discussing either the size of a salmon or the need to dry out your feathers once in a while!

  2. The cormorans picture is great – you can almost count the feathers on their wings… And for the little duck: such beautiful colors! On this composition grey looks blue and brown red.

  3. The cormorant photo reminds me of the Flannery O’Connor story “The Life You Save May be Your Own” where she describes one of the characters as a crooked cross. Great photos.

    KJM

  4. These are great pictures, Loren … even wihtout the sun. Some days the sun is just lipstick — but I do understand how much it must be missed by now up there in your corner of the world!

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