I declared the necessity of taking a sandwich to the wildlife refuge. I have been cooped up too long between the book fair keeping me busy and my cold keeping me down. A bit of strolling on a level ground, some fresh air--I can handle that.
When we've visited the wildlife refuge before, there have been quite a few bits of it that we couldn't get to because of flooding over the trail. So I didn't realize that there was actually two miles of hiking to do. Well, it was still level, and a stroll not a strenuous hike, with a bench near the visitors' center for a rest.
The cloudy day made for great reflections in the ponds. It was difficult to decide which photo to post. I settled on this one.
My lightweight tripod and zoom lens made it possible to get a good glimpse of some of the less skittish critters. I'm glad I had both cameras along. I'm not sure what kind of duck this guy is hiding behind the reeds, but it may be a Northern Pintail. What do you think?