Reflection At Dawn (Photo of the week)

A black-crowned night heron perches on a small rock in a middle of a pond. Its reflection shows in the glassy water in early morning light.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a good opportunity for a minimalist portrait of a black-crowned night heron in beautiful light. It was dawn and I saw this heron perched in the middle of a small pond on top of a rock. The water was very still, accentuating the quiet of the morning. The background was the water behind the bird, which would blur into a pure solid. The placid surface created a nice reflection. What drew me to this composition was the lack of habitat (other than the rock on which the heron perched). I couldn’t have created a more fundamental portrait if I had posed the bird in a studio.

  • Deanna

    These are my favorites! We have a lot of them where I live. Remember the “punker” style that was in YEARS ago, and the guys would crop their hair, except for a thin pony tail at the back? So, I have always called these night herons “Punker birds”, because of the long feather that hangs off the back of their head.
    I really enjoy seeing these! Great pic!!!

  • Thanks Deanna. I believe you are referring to the ubiquitous mid-80s rat tail. Believe it or not, there are certain parts of the country where they are still sported with pride!

  • Jake

    Nice contrast between the bird's eye and background.

  • Thanks Deanna. I believe you are referring to the ubiquitous mid-80s rat tail. Believe it or not, there are certain parts of the country where they are still sported with pride!

  • Jake

    Nice contrast between the bird's eye and background.