My friend Joseph and I drove a little bit through the back country in the rain and clouds (it was the first, and smaller of two storms hitting Southern California in February; the second one is here right now, and bringing some much needed precipitation). When we stopped at Lake Henshaw I noticed a pretty big bird sitting in a tree – I didn’t bother too much getting closer, because I thought it’s just another Turkey Vulture (also known as Carrion Crow), which are fairly common here, and they are… well, not exactly the prettiest birds (which is highly subjective, of course;-).
Back home, after importing my photos, I zoomed in and noticed that it is not a Turkey Vulture, but a Golden Eagle! So the lesson is: if it looks interesting to the artistic part of your brain, and the conscious part of your brain tells you it’s not, still work the scene as much as possible. :P Well, now I can say I have a landscape photo with a tree, and there’s also an eagle in it. I think it’s a pretty fine landscape photo though with the light filtered by the rain, and the big bird in the small tree is a very nice touch. :)