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Sunset-tinged clouds are reflected as a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) wades in the marsh at low tide near San Francisco Bay.
This elegant avian beauty is the largest heron in North America, with a height of up to 54 inches (138 cm) and a wingspan of up to 79 inches (201 cm). Adults weigh between 4 to 8 lbs. (1.82 to 3.6 kg.). Its habitat ranges from Alaska, Canada and the Pacific coast east to Florida and south to Mexico and South America.
As I walked on a footbridge, I paused mid-span over the tributary and spotted this majestic bird standing motionless, as if waiting to have its picture taken. The bird, low tide, sunset reflections and this vantage point came together in one magnificent, breathtaking moment of peace and tranquility.
I enhanced my original photo to give it a brush-stroke texture in this digital artwork.
"ADONAI, how countless are Your works! In wisdom You made them all - the earth is full of Your creatures." Psalm 104:24, TLV
Grateful to God this image won the following awards::
1st Place (tie) in the "Sun Contest", 04.26.16, sponsored by the "Color Wonderful Photography Group" on Fine Art America among 1,720+ outstanding artwork entries. Thank-you to Jennifer Craft for hosting this contest and to all who voted. Congratulations to the other winners, too! God bless you all!
1st Place (tie) in the "Landscape That Represents Your Inner Self" contest, 06.20.16. My thanks to Cimorene Photography for hosting this contest, and to all who voted. God bless you!
1st Place in the "Simple Yet Beautiful" contest, 03.11.22. Thank-you to Ceili Tibbitts for hosting the contest and to all who voted. Congratulations to the other winners, too! God bless you all.
1st Place among 1,465 entries in the "Reflections" contest, 06.27.22. Thank you to Daniel Baran for hosting the contest and to those who voted. God bless you! Congratulations to the other winners!
2nd Place (tie) in the "Swamp Contest", 05.11.16. Thank-you to Judit Szalanczi for hosting this contest and to all who voted. Blessings!
3rd Place (tie) among 2,101 entries in the contest, "An Easy Feeling", 05.06.15. Thank-you to Karen Wiles for hosting this contest, and to all who voted. Blessings!
3rd Place (tie) in the "Wetlands of North America" contest, 06.17.22. Thank you to Adam Gladstone for hosting the contest, and to all who voted. And congratulations to the other winners! God bless you all!
Grateful to God and thankful to the administrators for featuring this image on the home pages of the following Fine Art America groups::
* ABC GROUP - L IS FOR LONE, 07.21.15
* THE 200 CLUB, 07.29.15
* FOTOPAINTING, 11.23.15
* IMAGES THAT EXCITE YOU, 01.05.16
* COASTAL WATER BIRDS - SHORE BIRDS, 01.21.16
* WILDLIFE ONE A DAY, 01.23.16
* WISCONSIN FLOWERS AND SCENERY, 01.26.16
* 500 VIEWS - 1 IMAGE A DAY, 02.04.16
* BEAUTY PEACE AND SIMPLICITY OUTDOORS, 02.19.16
* 500 VIEWS SHARE GROUP, 02.22.16
* OVER 2,000 VIEWS, 01.17.20
* MINIMALIST ART, 03.15.22
* SUNRISE SUNSETS, 04.11.22
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 Holy Scriptures, Tree of Life Version. Copyright © 2011, 2012, 2013 by the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society. Used by permission of the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society. "TLV" and "Tree of Life Version" and "Tree of Life Holy Scriptures" are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark office by the Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
Photo copyright © 2014 Brian Tada. All rights reserved. To the glory of God. Duplication, downloading, photographing, and/or altering this image without the express written permission of the photographer/artist is prohibited.
February 4th, 2015
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