Sometimes it just pays to get out.

My son Grant and I were shooting in Florida and decided to try Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge one evening. Now, the sky was cloudy and the thought had occurred that maybe a night off wouldn’t hurt (we had been shooting early morning and late evening for the last 8 days or so).

However, we were there to shoot, and besides, even if we didn’t get anything on camera we still might see something cool.

We arrived at the refuge under dim overcast skies – a condition referred to by wildlife photographers the world over by the technical term “BLAH”.

We went ahead and drove though anyway, looking for wildlife as we went. At first we only saw a handful of birds, and they were reluctant to stick around once we popped open the door.

Ahh – but then we came to an area where the birds weren’t (quite) as skittish. There were a few Great Egrets wading – along with a handful of Tri-colored Herons splashing around trying to scare up some dinner.

As the day came towards an end, the sun was starting to pop through the clouds and skim across the water, turning it a brilliant shade of sunset orange (that’s a color, right?). As I moved, I noticed the reflection on the water moved with me. After a few strategic moments of positing between the brush and trying to “will” this guy into place, he finally made my day!

This photo is the result.

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