This Friday evening, like several this past week, was ending on
a glorious note. For almost two weeks now we have had the summer
that neglected us during July and August. And not only have we had
summer, we have also had some of that post cold front clear blue
skies as well.
I looked at the clock and decided that it was time to head out
to try and get some images, but I was also worried that I just might
be cutting it a bit too close.
"Where ya headed."
"The late sunlight is just about perfect, I want to head on
out to try and get some shots of the Egrets."
"The Egrets? Where are you going to get shots of Egrets?
"Over by Costco, but I've got to run because the light is
just about running out. In fact, if I'm late, I'll just end up running
into the store and grabbing a couple of items."
And out the door I went.
This trip to the retention pond/wetland was one of those things
that I was finally getting around to. I've driven by the marsh probably
50 times in the past 4 or 5 years that it has been there, or at
least as long as there has been a road running behind the shopping
Each and every time I've driven by, with the exception of winter
of course, there have been egrets there. I had even stopped by about
3 weeks before, but I only had my "car camera" with me
and all I got were a few disappointing shots.
This time I pulled out the big gun.
By the time I arrived, the last rays of golden light were falling
on the pond.
I quickly attached the camera to the tripod and walked along the
bushes that line the road.
I only had time for a few shots and when I examined them, they
were not quite what I would consider "best quality" from
a sharpness point of view, but I am happy with one image in particular.
I include it here for several reasons, one of which is that it
really does illustrate the effect of the "golden hour"
of light, in this case the evening light.
And secondly, because of a note that was recently left on my guestbook.
The noter said: "I really love looking at your photos.
Thanks for posting so many beautiful examples of what a person can
see if you just know how and where to look."
In this case, the not quite urban meets the suburban wetland and
generates a great opportunity for those who will stop and look.
Emerson said, "Though we travel the world over to find
the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
Carry it with you, and keep your eyes open, because it may be right
in front of you, over there, where you least expect it, back behind
the grocery store, in front of the movie theater and just past Costco.