Illuminated from behind ~ the Great Egret

So far away, I was not able to capture my desired photo of the egret

I continued walking around the lake, snapping photos from different angles as I got near

Often my goal is to capture my subject in the light, highlighting the details

As I circled the egret yesterday morning, I realized I was getting a different perspective, as the sun illuminated the soft feathers

When I went to edit the photos, I was captivated by the depth and softness of this beautiful bird

The sun, shining from behind, lit up the beautiful nature of this bird, the movements of his neck and feathers

It got me to thinking…

Sometimes we want the light on our face, shining on us so we can be seen

Perhaps sometimes we need to be still, focus on the little details of life

As the light moves from us, maybe then it will illuminate our strengths and beauty

We can quietly let the wonder of who we are shine through 😊

27 Comments Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    These photos are absolutely stunning!

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    1. Isn’t he beautiful?! I wanted to feel his soft feathers!! 😊

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  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    “Perhaps sometimes we need to be still, focus on the little details of life” Exactly so, Lisa. I completely agree. Stunning pics. ☺️

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    1. Thank you, Jeff!! 😊

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa. Always! ☺️

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  3. Arati says:

    The feathers seem so soft and light weight. A lot of preening me thinks!

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    1. Oh yes, I think so too! I stood there and watched him for quite a while!

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  4. gr8ful_collette says:

    Beautiful!! One of my favorites! Love the downy softness in these shots. ❤️

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    1. Thank you Collette! It just makes me want to reach out and feel the softness!

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  5. Beautiful images Lisa, I love how the light shows us the delicate softness in the feathers 💛

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    1. Thank you! Me too! I will be looking for that same effect in future photos 😊 Now I just need to find more birds!

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  6. SoyBend says:

    Wonderful pictures, Lisa!

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  7. VJ Knutson says:

    These are excellent photos, Lisa. It helps to experiment a bit, doesn’t it?

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    1. Thank you, yes it does! I was fairly close, so I just moved around a bit. I like trying photos into the setting or rising sun, but this was later in the morning. Happy day 😊

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  8. Great work, fabulous captures, Lisa!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I just love him!! 😊

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  9. Stunning captures!!!

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    1. Thank you, Nora! He is such a pretty bird! 😊

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  10. Just Teri says:

    Absolutely magnificent photos Lisa and beautiful illumination of our human need to be seen but how many times our beauty shows through without the spotlight we believe is necessary.

    Way to show beauty from different perspectives❣️❣️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you, Teri! Thank you for commenting on my thoughts 😊😊 He was such a cool bird!

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      1. Just Teri says:

        Always enjoy your posts❣️
        Great photos. Quotes. And thought😃

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  11. Beautiful Egret. Took me back to my Texas days. I used to see a lot of them in vacant nature ponds and parks. They sometime stand so still it’s easy to mistake them for statues.

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    1. Thank you! I see herons standing still sometimes. I was so happy to see this one!

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  12. Prior... says:

    wow – you really did get the softness of those feathers – and avian beauty emits from each photo on this sunny day capture

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    1. Thank you Thank you! 😊

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