Shades of Blue – Friday Photos

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Snowy Egret BluesSnowy Egret – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 260mm, natural light

Just a simple image of a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) today. I photographed this Egret as it stalked prey along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida.

This photo was taken around mid day, much later than I normally like to be out photographing because the light can get harsh. The reason why this image does not show that harshness is that the Snowy Egret was in the shade of a tree and that softened the light. The shade also created some wonderful shades of blue in the water.



  1. Ingrid April 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Do I ever love the mood and textures of this image, Mia. Oh and … isn’t it great how nature will helpfully diffuse light for you sometimes? Gorgeous and thought-provoking photo.

    • Mia McPherson May 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thank you Ingrid, I also love the mood of this image and I do think it is great how nature can diffuse light even in thr brightest parts of the day.

  2. Julie G. April 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Simply stunning photograph! Love the blue frothy waves and the lovely Snowy Egret. Perfection!

  3. Susan April 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    What a relaxing view,beautiful bird and beautiful color. Awesome!

  4. Jim Braswell April 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Love the composition and the surf! Great catch, Mia.

  5. Laurence Butler April 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    What a calming and cool-feeling image, a great one to see on this hot afternoon.

  6. Tammy Karr April 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Simply beautiful! Snowy Egrets can be difficult to photograph, but your photo is outstanding.

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Tammy, Snowy’s can be a challenge to photograph but they are worth it. Thank you.

  7. Carol Mattingly April 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

    So beautiful Mia. I love this. Those blues are fantastic. Carol

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Carol, I love those blues too, thanks!

  8. Bob Zeller April 27, 2012 at 7:20 am

    A spectacular image of the Snowy Egret. I love it. 🙂

  9. threecollie April 27, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I love visiting each day to see your breathtaking photos. It seems as if you outdo yourself each time. I though the meadow lark was spectacular but this one just leaves me speechless. thanks for sharing them

    • Mia McPherson April 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you so much, I think I have great subjects.

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