by wjw on December 29, 2011

We went to the Bernardo Bird Refuge today, a pleasant 20-minute drive from where we live.  Cold, clear, and filled with the sound of thousands of birds, mostly sandhill cranes and snow geese.

Here are hundreds of snow geese panicked by the sound of my camera shutter.



The best pictures were those taken right at sunset, with the corn in the fields glowing gold, the mountains pink, and the sky deep blue. This is one of those.

Dave Bishop December 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

Looks fabulous, Walter. I love places like that!

My brother has just moved to North Norfolk in eastern England and I went to stay with him at Christmas. About 20 minutes walk from his house is a nature reserve called Roydon Common – basically a huge, heather covered heath. It contains an amazing collection of fauna and flora. Late December was probably not the best time to see it – but my brother will probably be getting more visits from me in future!

I look forward to the day when nature is truly valued and not just confined to “reserves”.

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