We are fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of the country, the Northwest, and with it comes the wildlife, the trees, the hills, the water, and yes the rain– lots of it.

But there are days when the rain takes a break, the jet stream decides to keep the arctic cold at bay, and what we are left with is a stunning display of color– the greens from the foliage are vivid, the skies are deep blue, and the sunsets cast the colors that only winter sun can conjure.

My wife decided to tempt me with a photography opportunity, whilst also giving her an excuse to get the family out of the house, and get a little exercise.

We proceeded to take off down the road to Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and we indeed had a break in the weather, my wife had the day off, and our daughter was finally back to full strength after another bout with a cold a few weeks earlier. Quite a bit of the refuge is roped off until the beginning of May (presumably the water needs to recede before it is deemed safe), but there was plenty to shoot, especially as the sun started making its final decent for the evening.