Friday, October 2, 2015

Two Sihouettes

My day started, as it often does, by watching the sun rise over the Caribbean.  It was a fiery, photogenic dawn, so I obliged by taking its picture.  Lots of pictures, but - lucky you - I managed to pare it down to just 2 for this post.

I love to see the birds flying at dawn from their roosting site on Little Monkey Cay to their feeding spots to the north.  The birds show up as silhouettes against the rosy-gold sky.  Be sure to look at the graphics on this Youtube video of Herman's Hermits Two Silhouettes (on the shade).

Blues, pinks, lavender, orange, and gold over the still dark sea.
Two Great Egrets flying off for breakfast.
Sunset found me with camera in hand again, this time on the Sunset Balcony, trying to capture the rainbow colors of light scattered through a high cloud and the dark rays created by the sky shadows of the lower clouds.
The sun goes down over the jungle.  This shot doesn't do justice to the rainbow in the bright cloud.
A closer view of the bright cloud brings out the rainbow colors.  I don't see this too often.
Dusk is a wonderful time to watch the birds heading back to roost against a background of soft pastels.
Great Egret headed back to roost.
For several days I had noticed the migration of nighthawks.  They tend to fly inland and so are really too far away to photograph without a nice, long telephoto lens.  In the shot below, a nighthawk shows up as a distant, V-shaped, speck.
Great Egret and distant Nighthawk, two silhouettes in the evening sky.
A peaceful ending to another day.

10 comments:

  1. Charming post Wilma. What a beautiful part of the world you live in.

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    1. Thank you for enjoying it with me, Weaver. :-)

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  2. Great photos Wilma. Caught the colours beautifully.

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    1. Thanks, Derek. The humidity in the air makes for colorful dawns and dusks.

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  3. All of your photos are stunning, but the third and fourth took my breath away. Beautiful!

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    1. It makes my day that you like them, Jacqueline! Thanks for letting me know.

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  4. Just a note about that distant Nighthawk. We use to see them migrate through Southeastern Minnesota,in mid-August. Now we see them migrating through Southern Belize, five weeks later. That is a distance of roughly 1920 miles, of which 550 miles is over the Gulf of Mexico. And this is just a small segment of their migration.

    The most spectacular nighthawk migration we saw was near the entrance to Mt. Mitchell in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. The nighthawks were funneling through a pass near dusk. Hundreds upon hundreds of them flying overhead as the sun went down.

    Dennis

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    1. I remember the evening we saw the nighthawks coming through the pass at Mt. Mitchell (the highest point east of the Mississippi River). That was an amazing spectacle as thousands of birds flew mere feet over our heads in a seemingly unending stream. Great birds to see any time.

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  5. Wonderful artistic sky images Wilma.

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