Wetlands north and west of Sacramento cover tens of thousands of acres. Although most of these wetlands have disappeared over the 20th century, much remains. They are home to thousands of birds including snow geese, egrets, herons, sandhill cranes, curlews, ibis and lots of ducks and geese.

This is an historic time. We are immersed in a flood of news about a virus that wants to kill us. It has forced us into hiding, distancing us from many things we thought essential–our work, friends, shops, entertainment. Solitude has become a greater part of experience, even in cities.

This high spot in the middle of the wetlands provides a vantage point for watching flocks of birds fly over a backdrop of pastel cloud reflections and a mosaic of grass islands. The sky shouts an exclamation.