In the middle of Wildcat Canyon in the East Bay hills of Northern California, a rutted dirt road bends around the ruins of an old sanitarium. While only foundations of this human outpost remain some of the plantings have thrived, including berry-producing bushes that act as magnets for several species of birds in the fall. One day I picked a nearby spot where I could sit and wait for the foragers to arrive. Along with the squawking robins and mockingbirds, this Hermit Thrush paused on a log under one of the plants. I love the colors of the backlit leaves and the way the thrush is surrounded by constellations of berries. I feel like the photo manages to depict the entire universe of this often-shy bird. While Hermit Thrushes may not be as flashy as the hawks or coyotes I see in this area, this photo has become my favorite wildlife shot from my local open space.