I’ve been fighting a rather nasty respiratory bug for about two weeks. It’s meant that I had to cancel two business trips, but more irritatingly, it’s kept me from doing much photography in that interval. When I haven’t been in bed, I’ve processed a few older shots, but I’ve chafed with the strictures of staying indoors. This morning, after a night of heavy rains, the dawn came with streaks of sunlight through dark clouds. The high mountains were carpeted with deep snow, but the remaining snows here in town had been washed away by the rain. Looking out a tall very narrow window immediately next to the bedroom door to the deck, I spied a scrub jay perched close by atop an aspen pole where I suspend the hummingbird feeder in season. I quietly stepped back into my study, attached the 200-400mm AFS/VR and stealthily snuck back to the window. There’s an adobe coloured house about sixty yards distant that I thought I could lose with an open aperture for the lens, albeit with some degradation in sharpness of the image. Snap, snap, snap. D100, ISO200, f/4, 1/250s, processed in NC, no crop Sick or not, always shoot. John P.