Sometimes, all the elements fall into place for a wonderful photo. Over the weekend, I was walking along the shore of the Santa Rosa Sound in Navarre, FL. As the sun set, I sat on the sand to take in all the beautiful colors of the evening. Suddenly, two Willets and two Dunlin – shorebirds common along the Florida Panhandle – approached me as they were feeding, apparently undisturbed by my presence. Because of the angle of the descending sun, they formed perfect silhouettes against an orange-red sky. I literally did nothing other than steady my camera against my knee and snap the photo – no manual settings, no post-processing. I definitely felt like Lady Luck was smiling at me, and this has quickly become one of my favorite photos!
Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. In addition to Maine, she has lived in New York, France, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for One World, Two Feet. View all posts by Erika Zambello