Red-breasted Merganser (m) on the Gulf of MexicoRed-breasted Merganser on the Gulf of Mexico – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 360mm, natural light

Sometimes I find an image appealing because of the memories it wakes up and not so much from the technical or compositional aspects, this Red-breasted Merganser image is one that isn’t perfect but it does awaken memories and stirs my senses.

This male Red-breasted Merganser in eclipse plumage was just off shore in west central Florida and had been bathing in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico when it started to flap its wings. It was so peaceful and I can almost smell the sea breeze just looking at it. I was with good friends who are also photographers. We laughed, we learned and we enjoyed.