Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunset over the salt marsh, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Golden back-lighting highlights cattails as the sun sets over a salt marsh

With the beautiful weather we had yesterday, I just had to get outside with my camera. After having an October snowfall a week ago, it was clear skies and temps in the upper 60s! Since there was going to be an evening low tide along the coast, I took a trip up to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to look for shorebirds. I found a friendly flock of dunlin, and was able to crouch in the sand with them for quite a while as the sun dropped towards the horizon. Just before the light started reaching the top of the dunes along the shore, I decided to pack up there and start my trek out of the refuge to see what might be around to photograph with the final light of the day. I was headed for the ponds in the northern part of the island, but when I saw the backlit cattails and reeds along the road, I just had to stop to photograph it! Tidal marshes hold a special place in my heart, and this one looked fantastic last night.

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16 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous photo, Pat. That glow is spectacular. I've seen that glow before and at the time I was on the highway, one of a dozen automobiles going in the same direction and for some reason we all seemed to be standing still. The glow all around us made it feel so surreal. You really captured all the beauty in that marsh with this shot. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Awesome. Looks like you did some trick stuff in Photoshop but I know otherwise.

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  3. i was going to accuse you of some massive editing - and if you didn't, then WOW!

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  4. Thanks, Carol! This kind of light really does have some magical properties, and the images of course do not do the experience justice!

    Thanks, John & TexWisGirl. You are correct that there is very little processing here (as in all of the images that I post). This shot is as close to the magic that I saw before taking the photo. I just cropped to 11x14 aspect ratio, adjusted the blacks a little bit, added a little more mid-tone contrast with the curves, and sharpened for the web. That's all -- Mother Nature provided the rest!

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  5. What an awesome shot! thank you mother nature!

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  6. I just love it! The color is fantastic.

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  7. Wow, fantastic!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is absolutely gorgeous. I'm thinking it's gonna get published somewhere. Carol

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  9. Oh my goodness, this image is absolutely breathtaking! I am in awe of your talent! Magical!

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  10. You caught some amazing light, great image.

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  11. Amber waves of grain :-) awesome work

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  12. Incredible golden picture, I'd frame that (if I had a house ;>)

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  13. Very original sunset image...works great for me ;)

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