August 16, 2014

Birds' Egg

Photograph by Barbara Ernst, National Geographic Your Shot

"Seven-acre Eastern Egg Rock is an Audubon research island off Boothbay Harbor, Maine, that's home to the world's first restored seabird colony," writes Barbara Ernst, a member of our Your Shot community. Puffins and guillemots nest on nearby granite boulders, while the interior habitat hosts eiders, nesting terns, and laughing gulls.

"We were circling the island by boat looking for puffins when the student interns (the only people on the island) climbed on top of the house and started waving to the only people they probably saw all day. They sleep in the small tents, and the little house you see is their kitchen/work area. I was drawn to the drama of the scene and the emotion of the story it told."

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26 comments
Chad Hobby
Chad Hobby

I love how it forms layers of color

Andrea Guinto
Andrea Guinto

Sensational photography! is exciting for me to see everything that is the big picture, thanks!

Shannon T
Shannon T

I love the layers of color and that the students were so engaged with the shot being taken. Fabulous.

David Korte
David Korte

beautiful sky, lighting, composition. Reminds me of a Norman Rockwell painting.


bonnie dalrymple
bonnie dalrymple

A wonderful shot of a place I am very fond of..The sky looks like a water color with the contrast of the birds flying around, gives a sense of depth..I have circled around this island a few times over the years , and the one thing the photo can't convey is how incredibly loud the birds are ......How fun for Keenan and Collette to see themselves from this angle. 

Dragutin Dražen Slopšek
Dragutin Dražen Slopšek

A picture itself is rich levels of color and diversity. A story gives it a special glow. Bravo!

Angel Fitzsimmons
Angel Fitzsimmons

A cool pic with visual layers of color, texture and movement...and of course, the delight of it all!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What a life to live, and what a picture to depict some of it. A wonderful scene of the blue and green tents leading the way to what must be the 'outhouse', and work quarters beyond. The birds resting and circling around make for an amazing shot, to say nothing of the story. Our young adults can be pretty amazing!  j.e.s.........

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

There are layers of turbulence and calm.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I love the texture, contrast and drama; the white water against the smother  banks,  the delicate white eggs against the hard   piles of rocks, the kids waving from the top of the abandoned looking structure they use for a kitchen, the birds as arbitrary as the eggs and the stormy sky.  It is captivating.

Loops Malone
Loops Malone

@bonnie dalrymple i've been out there too....unfortunately on a very damp foggy evening...but yes...the bird calls were incredible.  still...we saw nuff puffins and enjoyed the trip out a great deal.  


Barbara Ernst
Barbara Ernst

@Collette Lauzau Hope that you enjoy the photo!  How great to be able to find out the people that were on top of that shack!

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