In the midst of the holiday's rainy days came a gloriously sunny opportunity to get outside and capture some images. The photo shoot destination this time was Bolsa Chica Wildlife Refuge in Huntington Beach. This location is popular due to the abundance and variety of birds.
As I was walking around, I wanted to capture of overall feeling of being there...of being in the warm sun, enjoying the colors of the marshland, the sounds of the birds, and the crisp, clear, snow-covered mountains in the distance. That was the inspiration for this image.
Out of the camera, the image was sufficiently complete to convey the emotion I was after. A minor crop and a small amount of post-production in Lightroom improved the clarity of the mountains.