Egrets And Mallards
Photograph - Digital Photograph
Observing wildlife ~ especially the avian variety ~ can be one of the greatest ways to reduce stress.
I captured this photo from across a small lagoon at a marsh along Richardson Bay near Mill Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It was one of the coldest days of early 2020 in Northern California, with daytime high temperatures only in the 40s Fahrenheit, chilly by Bay Area standards.
A group of nine snowy egrets (Egretta thula) had stood at the water’s edge, preening their feathers. One by one, six of them took flight in staggered fashion~ a reflection of their independent nature.
Meanwhile, several mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) paddled to the edge of the marsh and waddled up on land to rest. The iridescent green heads of the male ducks shimmer in the afternoon sun.
Suddenly, four snowy egrets appeared in-flight, circled briefly and made a graceful landing.
It was such a brief, fleeting moment of beauty, captured here for your enjoyment as wall art, greeting cards and home/office décor which can be ordered on this page.
The peaceful coexistence of two diverse bird species is striking.
We can learn a lot from nature. God’s creation is replete with life lessons ~ if we take a bit more time to stop, look, listen…. enjoy….. and learn.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
~ Psalm 133:1 (NKJV)
When threatened, a mother mallard duck may play injured to distract a would-be intruder from attacking her brood. (Source: National Geographic)
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To get all the birds to fit in this photo, minor edits were made to bring sections of the image closer together while preserving the overall original scenery and positions of the birds.
Embedded in the top right-hand corner is the Hebrew acronym for "B'ezras Hashem"[ב ס " ד] meaning "with God's help". It is a reminder to me as an artist and photographer of my dependence on the Almighty, the Originator of all creativity. This is a similar acknowledgement used by great artists like Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel who signed their work with the Latin phrase, "Soli Deo gloria" which means, "Glory to God alone".
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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January 20th, 2020
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