There has never been a day where we regretted going on a nature hike... no season where we found the weather too daunting to enjoy the experience...
Friday was a long day and we all needed a break. I was pushing to try out some new studio gear but my wife had a better idea - a little nature walk.
We went down the street to our local Heron Rookery - no rooting herons this time of year but a bald eagle family (too snuggled in their nest to get any photos) and plenty of other birds, plants, and wonderfully intriguing tracks in the soft surface of the thawing paths.
The stark contrast of the golden seed heads on the tall grasses against the blues and greys of the season immediately captured my attention - the blues and greys of the season framed and punctuated by the golds and browns of the grasses.
I'm always looking for the detail shots where I can create some depth but the shot of the frozen lake with the wooden crate held in place by the season's ice looked like a perfect painting to me even as I stood there looking at it in person...
I keep going back to that photo and considering re-processing it with a more 'painted' style - maybe later... for now I'll just enjoy the memory of it as it was.
My wife and son found a community of birds on the ice and did their best to identify and count them... too far away to get a really good look, they determined them to be "many" - both in species and quantity. ;)
Seeing my two favorite people enjoy a respite from the week - looking through those binoculars and not at cell phone screens or to do lists for home, school, or work... and getting to see the glimpses of the end of winter and the coming of spring as the seeds prepare to spread and the birds soon to begin considering mates and nesting prospects... being out in nature, spending time with family, and putting the rest of the world back into perspective - that is ALWAYS time well spent.