Sometimes the coolest photographs are the ones a photographer didnt search out or look for but rather are a result of those spur of the moment shots which come every so often. I had one of those moments yesterday. I was out looking for butterflies on the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge as I commonly do this time of year. I had the vehicle stopped and contemplating taking a photograph of a bird when something caught my eye from the other side of the road.
It was a gliding pelican. I love watching them glide so low over the open water. I had to try and get a shot even though the light was coming from the wrong angle and I knew my camera settings were all wrong for such a shot. But I had to try anyways so I did and it didn’t turn out to be a wall hanger but it does show how low these birds can fly to the water, gliding long distances with just a single wing flap or two just inches above the watery surface.
Sometimes photography is about art and putting great photographs on the wall and sometimes it is just about showing some of the cool things in nature we come across with no intentions of ever printing and displaying the image. This pelican image is of the latter, of course, but it is still a cool shot of an incredible bird in an incredible place doing an incredible thing. I am just glad I got to witness and even share such a sight.