Catching some rays

We all know that it’s important to be careful about the rays of the sun. Too much exposure, and you could incur serious damage. Tanning beds may be truly harmful. Hours of exposure to the sun’s rays may actually take years off your life. Be sure to use a lotion with a high SPF rating. Wear a hat. Wear white clothing.

Yes, yes, we know all that. And yet for many of us, the chance to sit or lie outdoors and enjoy the feeling of the sun on our bodies is wonderful.

For years, my wife and I loved to travel to the Caribbean — Grenada, St. Kitts, Nevis, Barbados, Antigua, Aruba, you name it — every winter. We liked to travel at the end of January, when winter was doing its worst to Toronto, and return in a couple of weeks, as the days were getting noticeably longer. And yes, we tanned on the beach. And we even tanned at tanning parlors for a few weeks before we travelled south from Toronto.

But no longer.

Still, not everyone is as cautious as we are now about exposure to the sun. For instance, just take a look at this guy, photographed by my wife Jan this very morning. He was relaxing on a stone wall in Le Peyruzel, high on a hill above Daglan:

Sunning duck

Relaxing in the sun on the last day of November 2011.

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2 Responses to Catching some rays

  1. Suzanne says:

    I guess he doesn’t realize that his beak is red enough!

  2. Loren says:

    You know how vain some of these creatures can be…

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