Silhouettes

My favorite time to visit the Viera Wetlands is during December and January. In those two months, the great blue herons nest on top of the cabbage palms and create opportunities for stunning silhouettes against the rising sun. Some days you get a variety of colors over several minutes. On other days you get just a splash of color for a few seconds. Of course with any photography session, sometimes nature doesn’t cooperate at all.

To get these silhouettes requires an early wakeup call and a 1 hour drive over to the wetlands. Many things can conspire against you to make it difficult to get to the best spots in time. And time is really the crucial factor as the sunrise waits for no one. I have had missed opportunities because I didn’t pay close attention to the time of sunrise and decided to just wing it (no pun intended).

I put together several silhouettes I shot at Viera with the great blue herons between December 2014 and January 2015 for this post. I recently came across these as I have been playing catch up in getting images processed. Most of these I have already shared on Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, but there are a couple of new ones included here that I haven’t posted elsewhere. Click the images to view larger.

Great Blue Heron Silhouettes
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

Sometimes the color of the sky simply enhances the interaction between the herons.

Great Blue Heron Silhouettes
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

The next sequence of three images were all taken from the same spot on the same morning just minutes after each other. The range of colors in the sky that morning was surreal.

Great Blue Heron Silhouettes
Great Blue Heron Silhouette
Great Blue Heron Silhouettes
Great Blue Heron Silhouette
Great Blue Heron Silhouettes
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

I think this one might be my favorite … for now. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Great Blue Heron Silhouettes
Great Blue Heron Silhouette

5 Comments

  • Don Weesner

    February 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Outstanding, don’t know how you do it .
    Uncle Don

    • Michael

      February 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Don, it takes lots of patience and just a little bit of luck. I have been very lucky over the years. Thanks!

  • Margaret Kelly

    February 27, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    What wonderful shots of the Blue Heron. Since I rarely get out any more, I depend on other people’s photography to take me there. This was purely delightful. Thank you.

    • Michael

      February 27, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Thank YOU, Margaret!

  • Debbie Tubridy

    March 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    What fantastic silhouette shots! So varied in colors too. Nicely done my friend!