I take a lot of pictures of wildlife, so Part 3 of this series will be about the birds and animals that I have seen through my camera.
Egrets are so graceful in flight, but they can look awkward when they begin their ascent, just like lumbering passenger airplanes. I took the following photos of egrets taking off last week at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge near Philadelphia Airport.
Just across the interstate, airplanes were also taking off every few minutes.
On a Sunday more than a week ago, at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge it was very windy and cold. As I drove by I saw a dozen egrets standing up on a bank of the marshes.
There were snowy egrets, like this one.
and great egrets, bigger but just as intimidated by the freezing wind chill.
A younger one ignored the cold and was actually trying to fish, twisting and slipping on the mud.
This is one of the first photos I took at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge in Brigantine, NJ. You can click on it to view a larger size image, but it is a rather large file.
I have printed this one out on 8×10 paper and it looks quite nice, framed and hanging on the wall.