This morning I woke earlier than usual (6:00 AM!) and could not go back to sleep. Shortly thereafter, I received some sad news from home regarding a friend, and I was immensely grateful that today was a day with no concerts or rehearsals. I decided to take some time to myself before breakfast, bundled up (it was just under 30°), and went out with my camera and binoculars in search of birds.
I quite enjoy bird watching, and this morning did not disappoint. Less than 5 minutes out and I found this guy in a little canal behind the hotel.
|He's a Great White Egret.|
|I passed a partially frozen pond (just to show how cold it was).|
|And took a fun shot of some dried flowers in the early morning sunlight.|
My next bird stop was for a flock of fun little birds in the tit family. They looked very much like what we call chickadees in the States. I spent a good half an hour in the same spot taking picture after picture of these guys. I would get focused and line up my shot, only to have the cheeky thing take off right as I snapped the picture! I did have some success, though, after much perseverance. Here are the best of those.
|Cheryl and Jan|
|Our Fearless Leader|
|Lois and David on the Never Ending Stairs|
|We made it to the top!|
|Marquise, Me, and Derek back at the bottom of the trail|