I couldn’t resist a quick trip to Brazos Bend State Park during a business trip in Houston, Texas. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate as I’d hoped, and my small window of opportunity came on a rainy morning.
During the one-hour drive to the park, the rain came down in torrents, and I told myself I’d just make it a reconnaissance trip if nothing else. And since I’d never been to this region of Texas, I was curious to see the countryside in any case.
After arriving, I shot from my car for the first hour, slowly driving around Elm Lake and watching the White Ibis and Cattle Egrets—along with the weather radar on my phone. There was this small gap in the clouds, and I crossed my fingers that it would remain intact as it approached the park. Thankfully, it did, and there was about 45 minutes without rain.
I met a local photographer named Tony who also persevered through the weather to try out his new Nikon D4. He was the guy in the pick-up truck I’d seen earlier with his lens out the window, too! He took me on a short tour of 40-Acre Lake, but by then the birds were evasive because of the stiff winds blowing the cold front through.
So, I drove back in the rain but with 400+ photos in my camera. I’m so glad I didn’t let a little wet weather keep me from experiencing so many new birds. No, it wasn’t exactly what I’d imagined when planning my trip, but it was better than I’d expected when I woke up on this morning.