Photo of the Week - July 16, 2011

Between the rain squalls on the new boardwalk
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Olympia, Washington
July 16, 2011

If you are taking a look at this picture months from now, you might assume it was taken on a fall or winter day. In fact, it was taken in mid-July. This particular July weekend will be remembered for the 1.2 inches of rain that fell. Our normal rainfall for the whole month of July is .8 inches!

There is a silver lining (literally silver) to this weather we've been having. The light has been quite amazing. And, this squall managed to clear out the vast majority of trail walkers who would normally  be found on the trail on a Saturday in July. Thus, we found ourselves enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Nisqually Delta interrupted only by the vociferous calls of the gulls and terns.

If you are interested in visiting the beautiful refuge at Nisqually, visit the refuge website