August 19, 2012

Ciscoes, Canada

Photograph by Paul Vecsei, Your Shot

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I entered the water on a cloudy day in late fall. This is the subarctic underwater world, and few people have ever photographed ciscoes in their natural habitat. Even stranger, this is a rare dwarf form of cisco with a riverine life history component (adfluvial).

After a few minutes, the sun began periodically breaking through the clouds. I noticed this by the strange beams of light fading and reappearing in the current.

(This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.)

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I like to include underwater images when I can, both because they’re popular with viewers and because I enjoy catching glimpses of these landscapes. In this image, I like how the sharp focus of the silvery fish and rays of filtered sunlight add dimension and depth. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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