At The Park // Desolate Times

As someone who enjoys nature photography, I get a wee bit discouraged during the winter season.  I love capturing images of insects, reptiles, flowers, and a multitude of other subjects that hunker down and stay out of sight until Spring rolls around.  I decided to venture down to the park today and see what I could find.

I remembered a photo I took at this location a few years back, and I can't believe how much change has occurred due to drought.  So sad.  We used to visit this part of the lake regularly to feed ducks and geese-which have since migrated to another part of the lake that's in a residential area.

There was no shortage of litter strewn about the park today, and I picked up quite a bit including a Walgreen's bag, 2 empty cans of Monster, some broken glass, and plastic soda rings (not sure what they're called).

All in all, I feel like I captured the atmosphere of the park pretty well: Cold, Dead, and Desolate.

I did manage to capture a photo of a gull flying low over the mud, and I've kind of fallen in love with it.  I love photos that capture the beauty of life in a seemingly dead atmosphere.

 Equipment Used:

Nikon D3100

Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6

Are you experiencing drought in your part of the world?

How has it affected places that you visit or the wildlife that inhabit it?