A Rainy Day

It’s been raining continuously here in Tacoma today, as it has been most of the night. I was originally scheduled to visit Doug in Tacoma with Dawn, Rich and the kids, but we’ve decided to postpone the trip until it’s better weather. He has a marvelous garden with multiple bird feeders, and I’d planned on coming back with some great photos.

As it is, I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with posting some recent photos because the trails are undoubtedly soaked today, and I’m not in much of a mood to wade through the mud in the middle of July. Of course, if it were January or February I would probably consider today a beautiful, warm day. It’s amazing how expectations can alter our whole perception of a day, isn’t it?

I’m really not much of a “birder,” but I’ve been feeding them for over ten years now and I’m always pleased when one shows up that I haven’t seen before. This is the first time I can ever remember regularly seeing a Goldfinch, even though it’s the Washington State bird:

and as a reminder of just how changeable the weather is here in the Pacific Northwest, here’s another picture that I took of the hummingbird yesterday:

That’s sunshine, not liquid sunshine, reflected in the greens in the background.