Life got a little bit busy here so I wasn’t able to do any photographing last week, but this week I was really looking forward to another try at warblers. Even two weeks later, it is still early for warblers in Michigan, so I headed down to southern Ohio – this time near the Ohio River right on the Kentucky River. I was in for quite a shock as the Ohio was in major flood, burying not only its banks but many of the surroundings. Roads were completely underwater and impassable – I even came across a speedway that was completely submerged – even the bleacher seats were underwater. But I did have some luck with the warblers finally when I took alternate roads to get to Shawnee State Forest. It was a cloudy day all day, which was great for keeping the light soft as silk. This Blue-winged Warbler proved to be my best warbler subject to date. The image isn’t quite as balanced as I’d like, but it was good to finally start to get somewhere with warblers.
With all the rain lately, everything was flowing. I had some luck with the warblers, but the Blue-winged was really the treat of the day. I did run across an amazing little river – perhaps it’s just a trickle under normal conditions, but it was marvelous when I came across it. It had a fascinating bed all made of stone, and flat stone at that. The water was a little cold, but often you just can’t get the right feel if you try and photograph water from the bank.