Feeling Blue

Though I’m sure we’ve had a little more than two hours of sunshine here in the Puget Sound area in the month of December, that’s all I’ve had to photograph in so far this month.

It’s hard to deny that even the black and white ducks, like this female Bufflehead, seems much more striking in sunlight,


not to mention this Horned Grebe with its distinctive red eye.


Certainly the female Red-Breasted Mergansers with their rufous heads and bright orange beaks stand out with a little sunshine,


though not as much as the brilliantly colored beak of this Surf Scoter.


Around here, sunshine gives an entirely different meaning to feeling “blue.”