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…
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…
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. ❤
I came upon a small flock of shore birds the other morning.
As the group scootled in and out among the waves, I thought at first they might be Sanderlings, out looking for breakfast.
But as I got closer, it seemed that these birds were “browner”, and more scallop-feathered than the gray-black-white palette of the Sanderlings.
And if it’s possible, they moved even more quickly than Sanderlings, which is no small feat.
Rarely, did I ever capture more than one of them in focus. 😉
This one might look like it’s dozing, but after spending some time with these birds I began to wonder if they ever sit still, let alone sleep! 😉
I am thinking it could be the Red-necked Stints, or even perhaps the Little Stints.
If anyone out there thinks they might know what kind of bird this is, please leave me a comment with your ideas.
But whoever they are…
I am totally smitten… ❤
The Least Tern chicks are becoming aware of everything going on around them.
And for that matter, under them as well.
I can feel the earth, move…
Under my feet.
(Carole King)(Least Tern chicklet)
Even tho’ I am captivated by the birds that I find on my walkabouts, I am equally drawn to the beauty of their environments.
To the spaces they call, “home”. ❤