Roseate Visions

A Roseate Spoonbill in a Tidal LagoonA Roseate Spoonbill in a Florida Tidal Lagoon

The sky outside is cloudy and gray this morning so I thought I’d share some images with rosy colors to brighten my day and hopefully yours as well.


The Roseate Spoonbill is only found in North America and of the six species of spoonbills in the world it is the only species that has such vivid, rosy colors. Roseate Spoonbills have rose red eyes, carmine red in its scapulars and soft pink bodies.

A Roseate Dawn at Fort De SotoA Roseate Dawn at Fort De Soto

Clouds in the morning with the sun just beginning to rise over the horizon can create roseate dawn colors which are a visual delight. For me; when a day starts with rosy pink clouds it is easy to be optimistic about what wonders the day might bring.

The sky shown in my image above certainly had a roseate glow to it and although those clouds came onshore and the rain started falling those rosy clouds certainly brightened my day.

Roses in Dunedin, New ZealandRoses in Dunedin, New Zealand

The word Roseate has its roots in Middle English and stemmed from Latin roseus ‘rosy’ (from rosa ‘rose’). I can easily see the colors of these Roses in the Roseate Spoonbill and the clouds  in the images above.

Who needs rose-colored glasses when we have such beautiful roseate colors in the natural world?


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Your second image…of the rosy sky caused a strong sense of nostalgia to sweep over me….my grandfather spent most of his life as a muralist, landscape artist and portrait painter in Coral Gables and southern Florida. His paintings often had touches of that same rosy gold in them, especially in his skies. I always associate that color with him, an extremely talented, quietly humorous, gentle man. His name was Denman but we called him Demon.

  2. Jane Chesebrough

    Beautiful DOF in the flowers and love the rose colours and the subjects-what a nice sight after cloudy days with snow flurries the past couple of days.Thanks!

  3. How lovely to see you back. And thank you for the rose-coloured glasses to welcome my day.

  4. For some reason I couldn’t get onto this site yesterday, but working fine this sunny morning. I really enjoyed this beautiful and informative post Mia.

  5. Hi, Mia, I thank you for all these wonderful roseate photos. It’s sunny outside today in New York but these considerably brightened my day. I have never seen a Roseate Spoonbill in life but they are among my favorite birds. They are really beautiful and their bill is really unusual.

  6. Special treat for everyone, the Spoonbill is a gorgeous photo, love it.

  7. That Spoonbill photo is fabulous; as is the roseate sky photo, and the flowers!!!

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