Winter in Utah often presents opportunities to photograph birds with snowy white background and foreground which remind me of the clean white canvases I used to stare at when deciding what I wanted to paint on them only with photography I don’t have to splash color on a canvas, the birds do that. Male Ring-necked Pheasants add a vivid splash of color against a field of white at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, I photographed this male a few days ago as it foraged in the snow.
Even the female Ring-necked Pheasants add a splash of color in a field of white which isn’t as vivid as the bold colors of the males but in a subtle way and their plumage patterns provide a lovely contrast from the whiteness of the landscape.
I wouldn’t exactly call these images “minimalist” but the field of white snow does put all the focus on the birds.
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