A peaceful pastoral scene with a twist… this open field is actually a narrow pool of water edged by sand dunes, maritime forest, shrub land and freshwater marsh. A haven for migratory birds (including snowy owls way off in the distance, too far for postable pictures), come Spring you’ll find the Bill Forward Pool filled with waterfowl and shore birds instead winter’s frozen water and thick snow.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, Massachusetts USA
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Focal length 4.3mm (24mm SLR equivalent), 1/500 sec at f/8, ISO 200
RAW image processed into JPG with Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, Nik Efex Collection

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Nature11 months ago

    Description by  Owed to Nature

  • A peaceful pastoral scene with a twist… this open field is actually a narrow pool of water edged by sand dunes, maritime forest, shrub land and freshwater marsh. A haven for migratory birds (including snowy owls way off in the distance, too far for postable pictures), come Spring you’ll find the Bill Forward Pool filled with waterfowl and shore birds instead winter’s frozen water and thick snow.
     
    Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, Massachusetts USA

    – Owed to Nature

  • Donna19
    Donna1911 months ago

    I like your white stuff very much but prefer ours because it is always warm and never frozen:)) This is a heavenly capture. Well done!

  • Thank you Donna. I grew up in warmer climes (Florida) but am now definitely a New England girl. Love the seasons as each has it’s own beauty, even the cold and snow of winter. But I do hate walking on ice! But at this time, this year… I’m with you! I’m ready for warmer weather and views that are a bit less white! Greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness, comments and getting to chat about the weather. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • trish725
    trish72511 months ago

    Fabulous scene! Really like the fence tailing off in the foreground :-)

  • Thanks Trish! Though I liked the composition that ol’ fence led me to, kinda wish it wasn’t there… as it marked the end of the path with no admittance allowed beyond. And I could see some 200 yards beyond, a snowy owl resting atop an old osprey nest. But I’d never seen an snowy owl before so even as a white speck in the distance, was exciting to experience. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Keala
    Keala11 months ago

    Looks like a lovely day ! How cool!

  • I started as a very lovely day. But shortly after taking this photograph, sky filled with clouds, chilly February breeze kicked up and it got way beyond cool… downright cold! But even with numb fingers, still enjoyed the day and the sights. Thank you Leigh!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete10011 months ago

    Beautiful winter scenery my friend!!!! Love it…

  • Thanks Lorraine. Don’t get to Plum Island too often and this is the first I’ve been in deep winter. After this lovely view, went for a walk along the beach. No seagulls on the sand. But then there was more snow than sand on the beach anyway. ;-) Gotta love life in New England, huh?

    – Owed to Nature

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Keller11 months ago

    You have an amazing eye Sylvia! (Two of them actually). Love the placement of the fence in the scene and all that gorgeous white snow.

  • Oh Kent, aren’t you the nicest?!?! (Answer: YES!!!) Wish I could challenge myself seeking out wildlife like you do but in this neck of the woods, best I get is scouring the landscape for “things” that fit in nicely with a horizon. But I enjoy sharing my part of the world with you and hearing you like the results. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Albert
    Albert11 months ago

    Wonderful.work…..

  • Thank you very much Albert! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carter11 months ago

    fantastic xx

  • Many Thanks Lynn! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sandra Foster
    Sandra Foster11 months ago

    Great capture …… love that fence and such an interesting sky. The snow makes it all pop. A fave too.

  • Thank you so much Sandra! This winter, we can’t get away from all the snow. Luckily it does a beautiful job painting the landscape. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...11 months ago

    Feb 22, 2014: Feaured in February Permanen Feature Gallery

    Please click here to see your work in the February Feature Gallery
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  • Greatly appreciated! Thank you so very much Corri for this Feature and your support… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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