On my way home from a recent road trip I decided to stop by the Kern National Wildlife Refuge. It’s over in the city of McFarland in Kern County. I had never been there before but I wanted to make the most of the road trip. I researched various locations that looked interesting for the route home. And a location that lots of wildlife called home was very appealing. So I made my way there and when I arrived I found I had the place all to myself. The refuge is open on Sundays but the visitor center was closed. The parking lot was empty but the self driving tour path was wide open. So naturally I drove on and followed the path.
The refuge is supposed to be home to many types of birds. I didn’t expect to see many due to it being Winter. But to my surprise there were many birds flying around the area. Mostly ducks, a few hawks I think and several other types that I don’t know off the top of my head. As you can tell, I’m not a bird expert by any means. But regardless of that I enjoyed watching them in a habitat that they seemed to enjoy. And as a landscape photographer I found many interesting scenes to play with. This dirt path leading to some trees by some water being one of them.
Where The Path Has Led Me
I’ve followed many paths in my life but recently I feel like I’m on the right one. I’ve never felt negatively about any path. But so far, this year, everything feels just right. I suppose that’s why I enjoy and continue to enjoy scenes with roads. Not just roads but any path that leads into something interesting. Not only is it pleasing to my eye but it serves as a positive metaphor for me. And I truly enjoy where the path is leading me and where my mind is.
Of course I’ll continue to follow the current path that I’m on. Where it will lead me is yet to be seen. So far the path has shown me so many wonderful things. Not just for photography. But also just for me and my growth as a person. And hopefully the path is long because as the saying goes, “It’s not the destination, but the journey”.