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You'll never see Florida more beautiful than in its natural, unspoiled state at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Encompassing more than 5000 acres, this extraordinary refuge on the north side of Sanibel Island provides nesting sites for over 200 species of birds, many of them threatened of endangered, and an ecological system that is sanctuary for hundreds of species of wildlife.

Roseate Spoonbill At Sunset
Nikon D-1x Digital SLR
300 f2.8 lens w/2x teleconverter
1/125th @ f-4.0
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DigiPainteR Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007
beautiful, I had to fave it ... I grew up in Florida and this just takes me back :)
It was scenes like this that made me love nature as a kid, and still fill my memories.
I agree with your comment that we'd probably have a ball out photographing ...
palmtreesandsunsets Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006   Photographer
Oh my! I love this picture so much!

You rock!
q-118 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006
Sanibel Island is a beautiful place, I visited there back in '93 or was it '94?
This is a very warm and sumptuous shot, well done.

smashingpumpkins86 Featured By Owner May 7, 2005
This is an awesome shot! It looks like something you'd see in a brochure for the everglades. This is a very warming shot!
MikkelT Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2004
Beautiful catch, really, the colours are amazing, making that silhouette from the bird. This is not something you see often, also the pose of the spoonbill
eswendel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
You have catched beautiful colours here and the branches support nicely the main topic. ;)
AlexanderFreud Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Compliments, it's very beautiful.
Wonderful colours and contrast.
waterboy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2003   Photographer
This is so beautiful.....the focus is just perfect and the darkness of the whole shot just sets it off.....great job man!
scotto Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2003   Photographer
This shot belongs in a wildlife magazine, it's a competition winner. +fav
mjar81 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2003
oh yeah... +fav !
mjar81 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2003
this is actually one of the BEST wildlife shilouettes i've seen in a while!
i love the reflection of the sunset on the water, and it's an action shot to boot!

hopefully it'll stop raining here in FL on the weekends so i can go out and take more photos. i'm doing the bare essentials for my photo class right now.
grahamb Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2003   Photographer
Ahh wierd, it must have been my computer, because they went away.
grahamb Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2003   Photographer
Colors are simply amazing! What is with the interlaced lines across the image?
sixhours Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2003   Photographer
Great composition and color! I love the silhouette - it makes this shot. Thumbs Up
mascotter Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so beautiful. The composition, the contrasts and the colours. Great job
douglasck Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2003
Nothing to say but "just beautiful" :) (Smile)
projectc Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2003
this is a great shot. the stark contrast between the setting sun reflected on the lake and the black foreground is excellent. The ripples in the water and the refelections are great as well. Nice work =]
Zlatty Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2003  Professional Photographer
This too is such a great shot ... great use of natural light ...
swashbuckler Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh man, this is great work! The sillhouette is fantastic with a reflection, too. The coloration of the sunset really puts this one over the top wonderful. Easy +fav
arlucasinc Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2003
Oh wow... those colors are really beautiful, and the stark silhouette... Very nice. I really like the branches in the upper left, and again, the colors. The oranges, and the bits of blue on the water... Yeah. +fav
tzen Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2003
simply amazing..
adam1975 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2003
The colours on the water are just stunning. The silhouette of the bird and the tree is so crisp. And the depth of field works so well for me.

darkarchon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003
Very nice shot. love the reflection and ripples of the water and the silhouette roseate spoonbill is awsome :D (Big Grin)
moonlight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003
very nice photo daddy,even though i've seen it so many times. this isn't the first time i said it was cool. but thats
ok, it's still interesting.
mysticsick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003
great silhouette and beautiful going to sanibel in a few weeks
tomgehrke Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous colors. Could definitely see this in a wildlife magazine. :) (Smile)
drexer22 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003
What an Extraordinary wildlife capture this is. Great exposure and such vibrant colors. Just an absolute eye catcher. Love it. +fav Nice job
astarothcy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003
I love this picture, the colours are perfect, the detail on the water is amazing, the silhouette is great, the depth of focus just right, the entire picture is... well... perfect? +fav
klf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003
this is just beautiful, the colors reflecting against the water, the siloutte of the bird.
just lovely
king-kong Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003   Photographer
How can this only get 1 comment

I cant understand DA sometimes -- just unfair.

this is an amazing shot, with amazing detail, colors, composition, and idea.

the clarity of the water and its warmness in light is beautifully captured, and the silhouette of the bid came out great as it stretches its neck out.

the nearby foliage adds the perfect framing element to the photo making it worthy of a +fav

well done

opioid Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2003  Professional General Artist
Awesome silhouette. The reflections are great, the warm tones give it a very calm feel. The focus is great. The spoonbill looks rather triumphant in his/her pose.
The touch of branches in the top left add interest to the composition.
Great shot.
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