Making the Best of the Rain

I know with the awful weather that some areas have been getting recently, I shouldn’t complain about the record-breaking rain we’ve been getting in the Pacific Northwest this year, but I’ve lived here my whole life and I’m about tired of the endless rains and winds.

In fact, I’m beginning to feel a lot like the branch on this old tree:

It was foggy this morning, but when the sun broke through I thought — here’s the perfect day to go to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

It wasn’t. It was cloudy and overcast by the time I started walking and raining by the time I left, and pouring by the time I got home.

Luckily, the best part of the day was meeting a photographer from Massachusetts who’s here with his wife who’s a visiting professor at a local university. Hopefully we’ll manage to get together for some picture taking in the near future and I’ll manage to learn some new techniques.

In fact, the day actually turned out quite nice despite the rain because I also managed to get my first picture ever of a Gadwall, a fairly common duck I’ve somehow never managed to sight before, even in a Zoo.

Of course, if I’d realized it was a Gadwall when I was there instead of later when I got home and looked at the image on my computer I would have tried to get a better picture, but it was quite shy and I don’t like to harass birds already suffering winter stress.

2 thoughts on “Making the Best of the Rain

  1. Of the duck photo, “Winter Gadwall from Distant Site”. The pattern of the branches in the background is quite nice.

    Ran into your site through kudzu files. Quite nice.

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