or at least that's how i like to think about it, as we count down that last few weeks until the solstice and things start to turn around again.
another recent walk, down by the river estuary. i love looking at all the spent plants and flowers, stark and bare. i think only recently have i noticed how much beauty they have in their own right, separate from summer's bounty. the pale yellow and golds of many stalks are surprisingly warm against the generally grey sky, and their architectural shapes are so pronounced.
unfortunately, i forgot my telephoto lens at home for this trip. the estuary is full of birds at this time of year: many kinds of duck and geese, gulls, bald eagles, and occasional herons and trumpeter swans. i will definitely bring it next time - perhaps this weekend? - so i can get some good shots of the wildlife. i have a good bird book, and i think i know many species, but there are many ducks i am unfamiliar with. maybe that will be a goal over the winter, to learn a few more. looking at some of their wonderful plumage, it also gives me stitching ideas...
the sky, as usual, was threatening. i think that's just a common state for this time of year. they are forecasting a bit of sun for tomorrow so hopefully i can find a bit of it to warm me up. then again, sun in winter usually means a cold day around here, so once again i'll be bundled tightly - all except my fingertips, which generally get numb holding my camera!
hope you have a bit of sunshine for your weekend too! i think there'll be some crafting and baking too, along with a visit with my sister and mom as it is the former's birthday tomorrow. (after which, i can share what a made her!)