The subdued beauty of Mourning Doves is often overlooked especially if there are more colorful birds around but for me their beauty is undeniable. I see the doves at home but prefer to photograph them in areas that are wilder and where I can find them on natural perches of all kinds.
Last week I photographed this male Mourning Dove on a lichen covered boulder in Box Elder County and I loved how the images showed the pink and gold iridescent colors on his neck. The iridescence is subtle but delightful to my eyes.
The bright lichens in these images are in sharp contrast with the subdued colors of the dove and the out of focus grasses in the background and I almost wish they weren’t quite as bright as they are because they do draw my eyes away from the dove at times.
I enjoy looking at the earthy tones of the dove’s plumage, its shape, pointed tail, that tiny bill and the pastel blue orbital ring around its ebony eyes. Their beauty whispers like a soft spring breeze.
Life is good.