We visited the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge last week, taking the afternoon to walk the trails and enjoy the high tide along the boardwalk. On the way back from the viewing platform at the end of the boardwalk, we stopped and talked with a group of four birdwatchers (seen on the left side of the photo).
They were keenly focused on a flock of small shorebirds we could barely see with the naked eye, and apparently there was one teeny bird the multitude of teeny birds that was the source of many “well I think it’s…” and “maybe it’s a…” and “well if you look at this it’s probably a…” and was all very interesting and amusing at the same time. It was really very cool that they let us in on their conversation.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm lens @50mm. ISO 200, 1/900th @f4.
November was quite the change of pace for us. We traveled to southern California for a birthday party, then out to the Phoenix, Arizona (nearer Surprise, actually) to visit a couple friends. Then back to Ventura County for Thanksgiving, then back home.
I have always had a deep affection for the American Southwest. Wide open spaces, cactus and sagebrush make me a happy man. The saguaro cactus in particular reminds me of Sergio Leone movies (even though there aren’t any saguaro cactus in Italy), and in my imagination I can totally see a lone gunslinger on horseback, making his way to the next trading post. I guess that’s one of the reasons I really like this region – it is easy to imagine what it was like 150 years ago.
Nikon D90, Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm 1/4000th @f22, ISO 200
On the drive back home, we ran into an unexpected snow storm just before we got home. After three weeks of comparatively warm weather, surprise, indeed.