Golden Hour at Orlando Wetlands

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Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. Like a couple of weeks ago at Orlando Wetlands Park, when the rising sun glimmered through fog just as some Great Egrets started thinking about springtime. The scene in front of me was pure magic!

At first I saw this one Great Egret, posed in the golden light.

Great Egret
Great Egret in the Magic Sunrise

The water and the fog simply shimmered with sunlight. Then a second egret decided that I needed a flight shot in this beautiful setting. Such an obliging bird!

Great Egret Golden Flight
Great Egret Golden Flight

He flew to join the first bird, showing off a little on his landing. I think these birds already had courtship on their minds!

Great Egret
Great Egret Show-Off

So even though it was 40 degrees out (feels like 35, but who was counting?), I considered this a sign that springtime is just around the corner. Pretty soon I’ll be returning to this same spot to observe nest-building and cute tiny chicks. I can’t wait!

Want to learn more about nature photography at Orlando Wetlands?

Check out my Orlando Wetlands page with more information about the location, map, website, photography tips, etc. It is archived by date so you can see my images from previous visits. Maybe you'll be inspired for your own trip!

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5 thoughts on “Golden Hour at Orlando Wetlands

  1. Timing is one thing. Knowing how best to use the tools at one’s disposal to capture the event is another. Your expertise resulted in the rest of us being able to marvel at Nature’s incredible display.
    Thank you.

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