(click it for the heavily stylized bigger picture)

I made the mistake of believing the worst of the storm had past this afternoon, and set out to take care of a truck errand on my lunch hour. Since the work on my Nissan was going to take about that amount of time I went for a walk to the LA River. Once there the skies opened up wide and a few minutes later I got the above shot  of a great blew heron lifting off from the east bank over the swift-moving water. By the time I walked back through the downpour from to where my truck was, I was entirely drenched.

Serves me right.