Thursday, April 28, 2016

Give Me Refuge

These last few months I've been working like crazy to finish my latest book. (More about my writing life here.) When I finally finished the last chapter, I was feeling pretty drained and needed a little break before I started on the next book. Hubby knew exactly what I needed and so we gathered up the camera and binoculars and headed to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.

We couldn't have picked a more perfect time to go! (Although I think I say that every time!) All of the birds are in their brightest plumage for springtime and it was a joy to capture them on camera.

The refuge might be meant for the birds, but every time I'm there it feels like my own personal refuge where the beauty overwhelms me and I can go back home feeling refreshed and inspired.

Here is Part 1 of the best photos of the day:

Seconds after pulling into the auto tour, we saw this cute little killdeer...

The red-winged blackbirds were out in full force. Their flash of red is much more vibrant in spring. I think this is my favorite photo of the day because it looks like something out of a magazine...
Red-winged Blackbird

Every time I read something about how elusive bitterns are, it make me laugh because we've never had any trouble seeing them. This one was out in the middle of the road!
American Bittern

Meadowlarks have the most wonderful song. I could listen to the symphony of meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds and bitterns all day long...
Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Brown-headed Cowbird

Over the course of the next week, I will post more photos from my trip, including the 50+ Cormorants we saw hanging out with a flock of Pelicans!

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