I enjoyed a quick visit to Hinckley Lake this morning and followed a Great Egret as it moved from one fishing spot to another. Happily, I was able to capture a flight sequence that included this shot. Cloudy skies helped by softening the light … the Great Egrets are brilliant white in direct sunlight and, with a dark background, can be difficult to image. Also seen at the lake this day was one Great Blue Heron and, to my surprise, a Bald Eagle. The eagle, already high in the sky, was circling ever higher as I watched. I grabbed a few shots while the bird with still within reach of my lens and even at that, had to crop tightly to achieve the image seen below. It was a good morning.
I was so happy to have seen this image and video through the Palomar Skies blog that I just had to share it here. These are the flight paths of insects illuminated by streetlamp and recorded in still frame photographs. The still is beautiful by itself and the video is lovely and brief. If you've ever watched the insects buzzing around a light at night, this all makes sense. I've never seen anyone photograph it, however, nor have I ever thought to try it; this was truly inspired!