As the summer progresses the wetlands are in a state of constant change. With no appreciable rain fall in well over two weeks the water level is receding rapidly leaving much of the previously flooded areas dry and baking in the hot sun. The change of water level along with the vegetation growth forces me to change vantage points frequently.
This morning I chose a position overlooking a small pool that would be subjected to strong sunlight coming from my left once the sun rose. Shortly after sunrise I spotted vegetation shaking about in a shallow portion of the pool. A moment later I was able discern a muskrat swimming rapidly towards me with a bundle of leaves in its mouth.
Photographing the muskrat continuously as it approached; the best shot of the session occurred as the rat turned to is right allowing the sun to light its head along with the leaves it was carrying. Before I could trip the shutter again the muskrat dove out of sight; but not before leaving me with the my very best muskrat capture ever.
If this image had been the only good image I came away with this morning it certainly would have been a worthwhile outing. Instead it was only the beginning of what was to be a very memorable morning spent in the wilds of the wetlands.