I’ve finally finished Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, compiled my notes, and should have something more to say tomorrow or Friday at the latest.

Meanwhile, it was rainy and cloudy today, so I was limited to shooting pictures of avian visitors at the backyard feeder. Luckily, it was one of our better days, as we got visits from both the Stellar Jays

Stellar Jay

and a personal favorite, the Varied Thrush.

Varied Thrush

Even though it was overcast and the ISO was set to 800, the pictures are considerably better than my previous shots of the thrush when it was even darker.