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Snowy Egrets – In a New Light

I’ve always thought that my favorite images of Snowy Egrets were when they were captured in sunshine and a full palette of colors.


Then, on the suggestion of a friend, I tried the images in black and white.

Just to see what might happen.


And oh, my.

If it’s even possible…


I love these birds…


Even more…


In black and white.

Seeing them in such a “bare bones” contrast of light and shadow has moved me in a whole new way.

Thanks to my friend…


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Snowy Magic at Red River Creek

It was a warm June morning and I was out early at Red River Creek.

In search of baby Black Ducks.

Passing by our familiar childhood herring run, something caught my eye.


Through the marsh reeds and trees I spotted a Snowy Egret, perched on a low branch close to the river.


I knew that Snowies roosted at night, but this was the first time I’d seen one just rolling out of its lofty bed among the treetops.

Best of all, the angle of the morning sun seemed to be in my favor, giving me a bit of time to watch undetected.


It got even better when the Snowy flew to a second perch, directly over the creek.

Oh yes, a much better spot to look for something moving in the shallow water below!


And the perfect chance for me to reposition, to get deeper into the shadows to observe.


Just then, the Snowy began to preen.


Such a methodical process it was; no doubt a morning ritual.

And through my lens I could see tiny white feathers, freshly pulled, being released from the Snowy’s bill….


Lifted by a whisper of a sea breeze…


And then floated away without a sound, out over the marsh and out of sight.


Another breeze came up and had some more fun, setting the Snowy’s crown feathers all aglow as he peered intently into the watery shadows of a nearby creek.


What a sight he was, this stunningly beautiful bird.

Doing what Snowies probably do every morning – taking a bath, getting ready for some breakfast.

Yet this morning, this Snowy gave me such a gift.

One I’ll never forget.


Years ago I made the decision as a milliner to design silk organza “feathers” to trim my hats with, in place of the real ones.

Leaving those soft, glorious feathers right where they belong.


On the breeze.

And with the birds.   ❤

Related post, Hats and Horses blog, “For the Birds”

A Little Cloudy Day Relish

Some people just “get through” the cloudy days…

As they await the next sunny one.

I relish the cloudy days, and the magic they bring with them.

When colors seem more intense, yet at the same time softer, almost dreamlike.


When it’s quieter, too.

Even among the birds, ordinarily so full of a million things to chatter about.


It’s when every breeze seems to be whispering something as it moves over the sand-sprinkled rosehips…


And upward through the pines.

Something akin to a secret.


A secret that I relish.  ❤

Something to Crow About

These young crows seemed as excited as I was this morning, waiting for the sun to rise.

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Jockeying for position, each youngster was looking for the very best seat.


As always, the sun put on quite the show for all who were in attendance.

You might even say, it gave us all something to crow about!


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