Llano Seco Wildlife Refuge
The Llano Seco Wildlife Refuge is an area near Chico, California (map) that winter fowl use as a migratory checkpoint during their annual trek through California. According to the locals I spoke with as many as 100,000 waterfowl can be in this area within the November and February months! This area is a prime example of the benefits of roadtripping without relying on a GPS; I would have never run across the area if I hadn’t mistakenly driven by it!
This particular image was shot just before sunrise around 5:30AM on January 1st, 2012. The colors of the almost sun were making the clouds explode with character — you can hardly ask for a better scene to capture!