Ruby-crowned Kinglet Photographed in Golden Light

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Most of you who follow my blog probably know by now that I am an early riser. I like to get up, get my post for the day published and then get on the road before the sun comes up so I can capture my subjects in the golden light of dawn or as some people call it, the golden hour. The light is softer during that period of time and it does make my subjects and their surroundings appear as if they have been lightly brushed with gold.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet in golden light, Box Elder County, UtahRuby-crowned Kinglet in golden light – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The same morning that I photographed the Sage Thrasher with the berry in mid air I was also able to take a series of images of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the sweet golden light just after dawn. I saw the tiny kinglet pop into view as it perched on a Fragrant Sumac while it seemed to be looking directly at me as I clicked my shutter button.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet perched in Fragrant Sumac, Box Elder County, UtahRuby-crowned Kinglet perched in Fragrant Sumac – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet only made a brief appearance so I was only able to take 13 images of it but it moved around during that time so I was able to get a few different poses of the bird before it flew off. I photographed a few more kinglets that morning but the other photos didn’t have this golden glow to them.

I had been wanting to arrive at this particular location at dawn for a long time and I can say that it was worth getting up and leaving extra early to photograph the birds there in this sweet light.

On another note, I have a WordPress app on my phone and for the last couple of weeks the app has been sending me notifications that I am on a publishing streak and today that streak will be for 1250 days without missing a single day of publishing a post. The last time I missed posting was May 2, 2015 while I was up in the wilderness of Montana and Idaho and the cell signal I had was so bad I couldn’t connect my laptop to my cell phone hot spot.

1250 days of publishing posts

1250 days is 3.4 years or about 41.09 months of getting up every morning, writing and sharing the wonders of my journey as a bird photographer. Thank you all for sharing my journey with me.

Life is good.



  1. Linda October 3, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you! I just love your posts and grateful you have that determination to post so often.

  2. Elephants Child October 3, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I am so very grateful to share your journey. It is a privilege, and a beautiful one at that.

  3. Vicki Rogerson October 3, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Congratulations on 1,250 posts in a row, and thank-you.

  4. Bruce Grosjean October 3, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Your dedication is a marvel – Thank you for adding to the good in life!

  5. Patty Chadwick October 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Wonderful images…especially the first…so cute!!!

  6. humming bird lover October 3, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Hi sweetie! Wonderful you posted so many beautiful photo’s I am so proud of you! Love mom

  7. Laura October 3, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Thank you for sharing your journey! That is quite a record! I look forward to your beautiful photos and informative posts every day.
    Great photos of the kinglets!

  8. Liz Cormack October 3, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Congratulations! I admire your dedication & look forward to your postings every morning.

  9. Robert Bender October 3, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Congratulations and thanks for your dedication, diligence and sharing!

  10. Kathy October 3, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Two congratulations…one for the beautiful photos; second for being so dedicated… that is a great record. All of your followers appreciate your commitment. I appreciate looking and reading each day!

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