Three wood ducks swim surrounded by fallen leaves on a serene morning in late October 2017. A few days later my team would get laid off, this was not only my last visit to Crystal Springs but I only went hiking once more before we moved to Arizona in March 2018. Partly because I didn’t feel like it at first, partly because the job search was time consuming, partly because I took Ellie for a walk each morning. I had romantic ideas about taking one last hiking tour of many of my favorite places in the Northwest but all I managed was one last visit to Ridgefield. I wish there had been more time but I wouldn’t trade those walks with the pup for anything.
Subtle is not a word you would use to describe the breeding plumage of the male wood duck, but the light in the shade muted the colors of both the duck and the reflections of the fall color in the water.
A pair of Canada geese rest on a fallen tree on a fall morning in Portland, Oregon.
A wood duck drake in all his colorful glory swims near the trees at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon.
A mallard takes a rest as he swims in a shallow pond, golden from reflections of fall colors, at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon.
The pouring rain forms concentric circles around a female lesser scaup as she gets some rest as she swims. Taken in February 2003 with my Canon D30, an expensive camera with no weather sealing, but I’ve long loved photographing in the rain.