The smokey skies we had earlier this week at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge created flat, featureless backgrounds when I photographed birds in flight like this Great Blue Heron. On a clear day this Great Blue Heron image would have shown the Promontory Mountains in the distant background instead of the dull gray seen here.
I know I would prefer a more interesting background for these images with blue skies, a few fluffy white clouds and the colors of the mountains that I know are back there. The smokey skies have cleared up some here so maybe the next time I head to the refuge I will be able to create more interesting images of the birds there in flight.
Life is good.