May 12, 2013

Great Egret, Florida

Photograph by Carol Kay, Your Shot

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This great white egret is often found at this spot on Tampa's beautiful Hillsborough River. It was almost sunset, and we were just taking our kayaks out of the water at the Trout Creek Park boat dock. When I looked up and saw the bird directly across the river in front of this massive old bald cypress, I saw the "perfect" shot and grabbed my camera, a Nikon digital D80. The bluish cast to the water is partly due to the sun having gone almost down and pollen floating on the surface. —Carol Kay

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9 comments
David Wee
David Wee

Carol, you sure grabbed your D80 at precisely the right moment as your shot is awesome in composure, exposure and focusing!!  Very well done!!

Shannon T
Shannon T

So peaceful. Well done Carol.

journee journee
journee journee

This is a fantastic photo I like how it is in a dark and gloomy place while the bird is so light and beatutiful .

Kobe Johnson
Kobe Johnson

This is a really awesome pic the crane is standing there and the reflection of the crane is just awesome. The trees look weird.

Ilya Lychkou
Ilya Lychkou

Amazing! I've never seen an egret and a cypress together!

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