After I left Yosemite in a winter’s dream, I headed for the central valley refuges where I like to observe and photograph the migrating geese and cranes. It wasn’t the best weather the first afternoon, semi-raining and cloudy, not the light to be photographing birds in flight in when you are pointed upwards towards a bland sky. But the next morning yielded some better light. I was re-familiarizing myself with the layout of the refuge, and locating the birds, and while they were a little distance away at one point, there was a soft rainbow and geese were flying around (see below). I like the mood of this landscape. I then headed to an area where I knew the geese congregated, but by the time I got there, it had really fogged in and you could hear but not see the geese! Nothing to do but wait, and I’m glad I did, as when the fog began to lift a little, there was a view to the wonderful activity in the pond, all in a soft, pastel light. I later captured some mass liftoff pictures but this remains my favorite for the mood it expresses.




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  1. Steve Hausner January 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    I’m calling FOUL. Not only are you awesome with those cameras of yours, but you capture the moments with your writing.

    Well played My Lady, well played. ; )

    • Brenda Tharp January 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

      You are too funny with your play on words, Steve. But I truly thank you for your comments and for visiting the blog!

  2. JB January 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Wow Brenda, you are nailing it! Great work for this trip. If only Sniffin would get out of bed and head over there…. he too could be getting some of these type of images! 🙂

    • Brenda Tharp January 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

      Thanks, JB for visiting and for your comments. It was a fulfilling trip for being such a short one. Yes, where is Sniffin? I have to admit that it’s hard get out of bed when it’s dark and rainy, but as we all know, worth it when we do! Maybe I can convince him to join me in another trip sometime soon. I will have to talk with him!