Saturday, May 8, 2010

Magee Madness

Today is International Migratory Bird Day, and thousands of birders are perched in northwest Ohio, with plans to attend today's events. We'll see how the weather holds up, but I even enjoy Spring's "bad weather". Bring on the rain!

Friday morning's birding was interrupted with a bit of a rain storm. The casual birders headed for the exits.

This fellow was fishing, just yards beyond the boardwalk. He didn't mind the rain so much. In fact, we both were enjoying having the place to ourselves for a bit!

Ah, my favorite stretch of boardwalk, and thanks to the downpour I was one of the few folks left to enjoy the birdsong and the rain. Admittedly, there was little action to see but the Baltimore Orioles and Warbling Vireos sweetened the air-waves with their calls

The cloud formations gathered a crowd in the Black Swamp Bird Observatory's parking lot. The clouds swirled about in strange formations, this one looking like the thumb-print of God.

Pockets and opening in the clouds created a canvas of awe. Sometimes, it pays to admire nature in all her forms, and the reward for venturing out in the rain was painted in the sky for those of us willing to observe. Nature's vast beauty is everywhere, if we only look around.

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