American White Pelican Reflection

American White Pelican feeding at Bear River NWRAmerican White Pelican feeding at Bear River NWR – Nikon D810, f9, 1/3200, ISO 500, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Every once in a while I find myself attracted to an image not just because of the subject but also because of reflections and this American White Pelican image is one of those. I think the attraction in this case is because the subject appears easily recognizable and the reflection combined with the dark water looks surreal. Van Gogh could have painted the reflection.

Life is good.


This image was taken a few days ago at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge.


  1. Humming Bird Lover July 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Hi! Love this photo! Great work! Have a special day!

  2. Mia McPherson July 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks Patty, I came up with a bunch of artists in my mind but I am ever so fond of Van Gogh!

  3. Patty Chadwick July 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I’d have voted for Picasso…or maybe Jackson Pollack…or Mia McPherson. Anyway, this a beautiful, unusual image. The light on dark and the reflection make a wonderful harmony….

  4. Mia McPherson July 23, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you EC, Roger and Catherine!

  5. Elephant's Child July 23, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Dali could have painted that reflection too. Though the colours would have shifted.
    Love this image. Thank you.

  6. Roger Burnard July 23, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Yes Mia, “life is good,” and your beautiful images make it even better… ;-)))

  7. Catherine July 23, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Sublime image!

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