Reflecting Tree at Sunset

Tree at the Merced NWR
Reflecting Tree at Sunset

I’ve been wanting to drive out to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge for a few months now. I knew most of the water has drained and the birds have left for the season, but I also know other birds stay all year. Since Sarah really loves Owls, we all took a drive to see what we could see. The kids also like it there because mommy lets them “drive”.

Unfortunately we didn’t see any Owls on this trip. As Hannah was “driving”, I saw a small patch of water reflecting the tree. I told them to stop so I could compose a few photos before the light vanishes. Just wish the mosquitoes were not so bad. Next trip I’ll have to pack some bug-repellent!

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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  1. Beautiful! Looks like a hand-colored photo.


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