Memories of a Willet in golden light

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Willet in golden lightWillet in golden light – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/200, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

This Willet in golden light was photographed at Fort De Soto County Park in April of 2008 and is one of my favorite Willet images taken in Florida. It might not be my best Willet image from Florida but it stirs up memories of that particular morning for me.

I was in the lagoon before the sun came up over the horizon and could see shorebirds resting next to the spartina marsh, I was there as the golden light spread over the birds and when they began to wake up. I can look at this image and feel the sun’s warmth on my back and the warm water of the lagoon gently swirling around me. I can smell the salt in the air and in my mind hear the calls of other birds as they flew over my head. For a little while I was alone with the birds without another person in sight and I recall savoring it all. Just me and the birds of Fort De Soto.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child January 30, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Honey coloured light – and a ‘honey’ of a bird.

  2. April Olson January 30, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Those moments when alone in a beautiful setting with wildlife are magical. I am always envious of Joe Hutto’s cabin and walks in the Florida woods.

  3. Patty Chadwick January 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

    What a beautiful image, which combined with the poetic prose of your comments, brings back some wonderful, warm memories on this cold winter morning!

  4. Larry Muench January 30, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Great shot! I love the way the bird is lit and the background colors are fabulous.

  5. Neil Rossmiller January 30, 2016 at 7:57 am

    It just woke my senses as well, Mia.
    Good Morning!

  6. Nancy Collins January 30, 2016 at 6:45 am

    What a treat Mia! Stunning!

  7. Bob McPherson January 30, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Beautiful image, Mia. Love the Golden Light of the morning.

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