Willet and Me – Until After Election Day

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Willet foraging in the Gulf of MexicoWillet foraging in the Gulf of Mexico – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I try not hard not to address, discuss or debate about politics on my site because I feel that the choices we make politically are deeply personal, much the same as religion or the lack of believing in one.

I do bring up politics when it comes to conservation, the environment, public lands staying in public hands, wildlife management and of course protecting birds and endangered species. I already know whose names I will select in the voting booth and wish I could vote for them today and get it over with.

The nastiness I have seen so far for Election 2016 makes me feel like hiding in a cave or locating a campsite in the mountains miles away from the nearest internet connection or hiding my head underwater until after election day.

But I won’t. I’ll be out photographing birds like this Willet foraging in the Gulf of Mexico, other wildlife and the beauty of nature.


Willet photographed in September of 2008 at Fort De Soto’s north beach.


  1. Deborah September 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks so much for the ID on that Northern Shoveler Mia. I had never seen one before.

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      You are most welcome Deborah!

  2. Pepe Forte September 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Mia,

    You are not alone. We have a close friend in Brisbane, Australia who called last week to ask if the stuff they were reading about our election was true. We told him it was, and he said simply, “How disgraceful.” Move over Mia, I’m dunking my head in next to yours and the Willet.

    Have a good time in the Gulf. Looking forward to your pics.

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Pepe, there is room for you next to me and the Willet, always.

  3. Jane Chesebrough September 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    This is too funny especially after re-posting the Maxine cartoon on facebook.Other than that, it is a deeply serious matter, even in Canada.

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Jane, I liked that Maxine! This election is a serious matter for the whole world to be concerned about.

  4. Elephant's Child September 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    We are watching your election process in fear from this side of the world.
    And enduring a smaller one of our own. And I prevoted last week and can now shut my mind, ears and eyes until after the result. Which I expect will make me want to do a Willet.

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      EC, I hope you don’t have to do a Willet.

  5. M. Bruce September 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I’m sure that many of your followers are equally distressed by the tone and tenor of this election, and I’m also confident that most of us use some sort of environmental litmus test as we choose who we want to represent us – I certainly know I do.

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      I hope more and more U.S. citizens use environmental litmus tests when it comes to their choices of candidates. The earth needs us.

  6. Joan Carey September 30, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful photo, love how you caught the small splash from the dunking, hope he came up with something delicious!

  7. Patty Chadwick September 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

    That bird is obviously a supporter of The Donald…Duck, of course….who else would bury his head to the facts, especially environmental???

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Patty, I think the Willet is me trying to shield my eyes from all the nastiness until after the election is over. Maybe long after the election is over if the wrong person is elected.

  8. April Olson September 30, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Joe Hutto had a great solution. Perhaps living with Mule Deer for then next 4 years is a good option.

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 10:10 am

      April, I hadn’t heard of Joe Hutto until you mentioned him and I looked him up. Yeah, I could see myself doing that in the right location.

  9. Liz Cormack September 30, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Great shot! The willet looks like it has been hearing all the election rhetoric going on & has opted out by dunking its head. And, yes, we are hearing all the political hullabaloo up here in Canada.

    • Mia McPherson September 30, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Liz, I worry that the rest of the world sees this election as some kind of nasty farce. I’ll dunk my head alongside the Willet, I am so over this election.

  10. Bob McPherson September 30, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Beautiful photo, Mia.

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