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Eyes of the Everglades

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Black-crowned Night Heron surveys his magnificent Everglades empire against an azure sky, from high in the cypress…. May your weekends be as simultaneously brilliant and serene!

Adult Black-crowned Night Heron

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  1. You should be shooting photos for National Geographic! Really good stuff…

    December 7, 2012
    • SO SO kind…. Of course as you know, I have some pretty lovely models, hahah! Thanks to the nth degree for such a wonderful start to my day. 🙂

      December 7, 2012
  2. A lot of folks do very well with the feathers’ detail, but this is the first time I’ve seen the texture of the skin on those legs – he’s beautiful, with just slightly baggy “Knees”! Just wonderful – I always look forward to your new offerings!

    December 7, 2012
    • Thank you!!

      I was REALLY excited to get right under this guy, at such an unusual angle — very odd with these guys, at least in our area, where they tend to be very timid, sticking to the water’s edge and treelines. I was thrilled. 🙂 And a bit earlier in the day, too — offering a clearer sky.

      December 7, 2012
  3. The night heron does look wonderful. The feathers look so velvety.

    December 7, 2012
    • I was so happy to sneak under him, for this odd-angle shot! Usually they’re shyly hidden by the water’s edge… This was down in Big Cypress, too. I miss it!

      December 7, 2012
  4. Stunning photo of this beautiful NH! Lucky you to be in an area where you can see this tremendous wildlife!

    December 7, 2012
    • Thanks so much! I was lucky to get this unusual angle… I am always appreciative and thankful of my surroundings, this ecosystem, and its resident critters. I just wish our developers were!

      December 7, 2012
  5. You were fortunate indeed that the heron let you get so close. It’s also good, as other commenters have said, that you were able to get so much texture in focus in various parts of the bird’s body. As for getting developers to appreciate the things that you do, good luck.

    December 7, 2012
    • Indeed… This really is a lucky shot!! I was thrilled. It was taken deep in the Everglades (Big Cypress, to be exact), and I was stealthy. 🙂

      Sigh. You’d think that they’d be shamed…. Alas. More strip malls in the place of first-growth swamp and forests, alighting next to empty, foreclosed strip malls. GREED at its worst. The dearth of efforts to stop them is pitiful. And then, to see the generations of migratory birds and other animals displaced, looking for their land? Baby steps, baby steps.

      December 7, 2012
  6. exquisite quality

    December 7, 2012
    • thanks so much! i credit the lucky angle on that… 🙂

      December 7, 2012
  7. Good model, good, pose, good photograph – even your logo looks good on it. Beautiful.

    December 7, 2012
    • Thanks so much! It really was a lucky, very opportunistic shot… Especially considering it was taken in the ‘glades. 🙂 The logo does work well on it, doesn’t it? So funny.

      December 7, 2012
  8. Reblogged this on Philip's Blog.

    December 7, 2012
  9. What a really nice image! Y’all have some beautiful models in that little swamp. Good job!

    December 7, 2012
  10. you earned a Bean’s Pat as the Wondering Wanderer’s blog pick of the day. Check it out at: http://patbean.wordpress.com

    December 7, 2012
  11. You’ve reminded me yet again how I NEED to get me to the Everglades! 😉
    My daughter and I keep talking about it…we need to get “doing.”!
    Great shot, as always!

    December 8, 2012
    • Thanks so much!

      Oh yes…. There are SO many areas that you must explore. SO many. If you ever need help picking them out, just holler! 🙂

      December 9, 2012
  12. I’ve nominated you for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award @ http://davidkanigan.com/2012/12/08/blog-of-the-year/#more-13084. You are under no obligation to accept. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your inspirational posts in 2012. Happy Holidays. Dave

    December 8, 2012
    • You’re so incredibly kind, what a tremendous honor! Many, MANY thanks for the thoughtful nomination.

      December 9, 2012
  13. Another perfect photo of a beautiful bird that is only going to make me jealous. 🙂

    December 8, 2012
    • Hahahh!!! Thanks, lady!! This was a really lucky and unusual shot… Odd angle, odd time…

      December 9, 2012
  14. Another gorgeous photo!

    December 8, 2012
    • Thanks so much — I really was thrilled to get this unusual angle, at such an (odd) early time in the day for these lovelies!

      December 9, 2012
  15. Love those red eyes!!! Kinda like mine in the morning 🙂

    December 9, 2012
    • Hahahah! DITTO. They really are amazing though, when you see them close-up….

      December 9, 2012
  16. This such an amazing photo ,it makes feel like I’m there in the Everglades admiring this little beauty for myself, seriously awesome!

    December 20, 2012
    • Thank so much!

      VERY lucky shot, such great timing on this guy…. They’re usually not out and about quite so early (being nocturnal). And they’re a bit shy, so the fact that I was able to get as close as I did was very fun. I was trying to suppress my delight, so as to not frighten the guy.

      December 20, 2012

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