Post-rain Holmes Run trek

June 29, 2010

The past few times I’ve been out, I’ve noticed dry conditions and lower water levels. Mother nature worked a little magic on Monday and opened up the skies for some serious rain.

It didn’t last very long, but I’m sure it will be a help to the local flora and fauna.

Monday evening I stopped by Holmes Run Park in Alexandria and scanned the tree lines. One of the things that stood out from the very beginning was that there was a high density of Robins – possibly the greatest number I’ve seen together in one place. I would estimate that there were a few dozen.

Robins on the ground are commonplace, so I was pleased to see an opportunity to photograph one in a tree.

Although it sounds simplistic, a bird simply being in a tree dramatically improves the shot for me. Now, that’s not always the case… but it’s usually a nice touch.

After spending a little time with the Robins, I went down to the water, where I was surprised by just how much water there was.

My usual walking paths through the stream were all submerged. Against my better judgment, I began wading the route toward where I’ve previously seen beavers and other interesting tracks, only to find that all of my usual places were underwater too.

Shucks. With water up to my knees, I decided to give up and make a slow trek against the current back to the trail.

This wasn’t a huge day photographically, but any chance to be outdoors is a blessing.

Oh, and then I met some crazy people. (But that’s a story for another day)

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