A Solitary Snowy Egret in low light

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Snowy Egret in low lightSnowy Egret in low light – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/800, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm at 400mm, natural light

This image of a solitary Snowy Egret in low light is simple but I find the simplicity of it appealing. I enjoy the nearly monochromatic tones brightened by the yellow of the lores and legs against the muted grays of the water and the whites of the egret’s plumage.

The egret had been actively foraging for prey in a tidal lagoon at Fort De Soto County Park in bright light but when a large, dark cloud passed briefly overhead the light dimmed, the water reflected the gray of the cloud and the egret stood still for a few moments resting as I photographed it from the shoreline. Not long after this image was taken the cloud moved on, the sun lit everything back up again, the egret moved on looking for prey and I wandered up the beach looking for more birds to photograph near the Gulf.

Life is good.


* Taken on a January morning in 2009


  1. Nancy Collins January 26, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    I love it too!

  2. Larry Muench January 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I love the simplicity and the beautiful muted colors. A really stunning photo.

  3. Patty Chadwick January 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I can never see enough of these birds….

  4. Patty Chadwick January 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Another one of your beautiful, classical Snowy images…looks like an Asian print…love it!

  5. Utahbooklover January 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Love this image! I first heard “less is more” in reference to Mies Van der Rohe in my introduction to art class taught by Tony Smith at the U years ago.

  6. Cindy January 26, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Solitary elegance. Less is always more. Thank you Mia.

  7. Beth Jochum January 26, 2016 at 8:02 am

    A testament to the ever-changing nature of things. Thank you for capturing this particular and most beautiful moment.

  8. Lois Bryan January 26, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Magnificent creature … so beautifully captured!!!!!

  9. Bob McPherson January 26, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Absolutely gorgeous image, Mia. Only a pro could get that kind of detail. Superb. Please take a bow.

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