Lens-Artists Challenge #54 – Detail
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
With sincere thanks to those who helped us to close out the first year of the Lens-Artists challenge with such terrific, thoughtful and much-appreciated congratulatory posts, we’re ready to move forward with Year Two. For our opening challenge, Patti has chosen Detail as our subject. Those who follow me know I’m enamored with the amazing birdlife here on our barrier island. As such I’ve decided to focus on some of the details of these beautiful creatures, especially the enchanting Great Egrets. In my opening image I’ve featured one of these graceful birds seemingly ballet dancing on top of the water. I loved the way the tiptoe balance illustrated such amazing grace.
“If you listen to birds, every day will have a song in it.”
Above, I’ve captured an egret at water’s edge as he/she demonstrates a wing maneuver to balance a landing. I find the egrets continually on the move – flying, fishing, feeding chicks, building nests or protecting territory. One need only sit quietly on the edge of any of our many lagoons and before long there will be an egret or heron landing nearby.
“What joy compares with that of a bird that has just learned she can fly?”
In addition to their forays for food in the lagoons, large flocks of our egrets are often seen in and around the plentiful greenery throughout the island. There are two important details in the image above. Both the bright green surrounding the bird’s eye and the long feathers around the tail tell us that this is a bird in breeding plumage, probably looking to attract a mate. Interestingly, outside of their breeding season, many male birds are sterile.
“I want to paint the way a bird sings.”
Finally, an image of a Snowy Egret – similar to the Great Egret but a bit smaller. More importantly, this bird is distinguished by its bright yellow eyes and feet. In the image above, the detail I loved was the bit of feather on the beak. Clearly he’s been preening to make himself more attractive to the females in the area (OK I made that up but it COULD be true!).
To our participants; we are most grateful for your support and encouragement, and look forward to another year of challenges. Be sure to check out Patti’s DETAIL challenge this week, and to stay tuned for our next challenge at Ann-Christine’s Leya blog. Finally, to help us all find you, please TAG your post with our Lens-Artists tag, and if you’re looking for information on how to join us, click here .