Roadside Egrets under dark skies
December of 2015 was warmer and wetter than usual here in South Florida. So while these dark images might be consistent with winter gloom, for me they are more like the rains of summer out of place in the seasonal calendar!! Florida doesn’t often have winter gloom after all!! These images were taken along Banana River Drive in Merritt Island, Florida. I was returning home from a visit with my parents, who settled long ago into this very birdy region, when I saw a great grouping of birds by the side of the road. There were all kinds, wood storks, great egrets, snowy egrets, roseate spoonbills, white ibis….quite a gathering right there along the roadside! Naturally, I pulled off the road and marched boldly towards the cluster with my camera. While these are a departure from my affinity for close ups, I really loved the view of all these silhouetted shapes topping the trees with the dark clouds and bright white light behind them. It was visually interesting even though there was some internal whining about them being on the wrong side of the road with such bright light behind them. But, the shapes are elegant underneath the brewing storm and they are at home under skies gloomy or bright. I did treat these in black and white which was not a far stretch from the scene as it was. The image on the top was taken with a wide angle lens and the one below after I’d switched to my telephoto to bring them closer.
May 2016 bring blue skies and golden light and those days of grey gloom give us just a little artistic drama, nothing more!
Happy New Year!!