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.