With the exception of some much needed rain showers earlier this week things have been pretty dry down here in the Southern Willamette Valley. Dave called me last evening saying that he and his wife, Sally, were out birding yesterday morning and noticed the extremely low water levels in Fern Ridge reservoir and the resultant patterns that had formed as the mudflats had dried. He called again this morning to confirm the outing and we headed out. We both noticed fog forming as we drove toward the lake. Fog can add so much interest to shots that would normally be rather dull and that, IMHO, is what happened for us this morning.
The first image below was just along the access trail and is one of those that without the fog would do little to catch my eye.
We walked toward the observation platform and just stopped to look at a dry pond where last summer we saw a juvenile bittern. Nothing much caught my eye until I walked down closer to the shore and found this shot. It reminded me so much of the dream-catchers that were so popular among the New Age crowd a few years ago. I think nature does it better.
We then moved on to the mudflats and started looking for patterns. First of all though I noticed this wild bouquet of flowers growing on what I have come to call Kirsten Point. I am looking for ‘the shot’ for a client of hers and I am sure this one will not do but I am a sucker for bright flowers in a drab background.
Walking on the mudflats proved to be much simpler than we had anticipated. They were a bit spongy but not really muddy and it made for much easier shooting. Looking around there were so many views and picking a pattern that was interesting took some time. I like these two.