I try to get outside everyday for my routine two mile walk through the neighborhood, if the weather permits. Well, Wednesday it was drizzly wet and gray so I started out with waterproof garments for my two mile slow motion walk to observe what was happening around me.
My favorite neighborhood field which is about 20 acres was surrounded in mist and wet (no walking through the tall grass today) but that didn’t stop the robins and other small birds from searching for food in the grass. In the distance the tops of the tall evergreens were almost hidden in the low hanging clouds. There were several Oregon Juncos sitting on the old rusty barbed wire fence then scattered in all directions as I walked too close for their comfort. The rain had formed small puddles on the paved road and I could see robins and other birds seeking rain water from the puddles while they had the opportunity. The weather had been very dry and now that the cool marine air has returned the days and evenings are pleasant for the wildlife again including we folks that don’t enjoy the heat.
The funny looking tadpole like images are from a plant I picked along the way to include in this sketch. I cannot identify the plant and did not take time to research it but the brilliant red color and shapes of the leaves attracted my attention to pick them for a sketch.