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An unexpected spell of warmth in mid-January breaks up the frozen surface of Parker River Salt Pannes and sunset pours gold over a winter marshland. But once the sun falls below the horizon, it is neither day nor night. It is time for magic… time for the wonder of pure light to eclipse the distractions of day and reach deep into the heart of sky, land and observer.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, Massachusetts USA
Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 27mm, 1/8 second at f/11, ISO 100
Manfrotto 190CX3 tripod with Arcatech ballhead

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This image is also featured in the calendar Falling Light as the month of September…


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 Naturealmost 2 years ago

    Description  by Owed to Nature

    An unexpected spell of warmth in mid-January breaks up the frozen surface of Parker River Salt Pannes and sunset pours gold over a winter marshland. But once the sun falls below the horizon, it is neither day nor night. It is time for magic… time for the wonder of pure light to eclipse the distractions of day and reach deep into the heart of sky, land and observer.
    Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, Massachusetts USA


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    – Owed to Nature



  • This image is also featured in the calendar Falling Light as the month of September…

     

    – Owed to Nature

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago

    Magnificent capture Sylvia, great work!

  • This was a beautiful sunset and of all the shots I took, this is my favorite too. ;-) Thank You so much Konstantinos!

    – Owed to Nature

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 2 years ago

    Awesome sky, outstanding capture Sylvia x

  • Thank you Pauline. I admit, this is my favorite of the series… ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Martin Lawrence
    Martin Lawrencealmost 2 years ago

    Excellent work Sylvia – love it

  • Thank you Martin! I’m equally grateful and honored for your wonderful words, fave and getting on your watchlist. Your work is beautiful! Inspiring to hear from someone so talented who successfully makes a living doing what he loves. I’ve bookmarked your site and look forward to enjoying it in greater detail. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 2 years ago

    These are breath taking….both of them

  • Thanks Diane! Was a beautiful sunset to experience and a treat to shoot. Wonderful to hear you enjoy the series! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonalmost 2 years ago

    All of these are great, but this one is my favourite. Excellent capture, absolutely stunning.

  • Thank you Christina! This was one of the nicest sunsets in these parts for a while and my first at this reserve. So glad to share it with you and learn we also share favorites… this one is mine as well. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroalmost 2 years ago

    splendid capture

  • Thank you very much Heloisa! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Poete100
    Poete100almost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous!!!! It’s a big wow!

  • Many Thanks my Friend! Of the series, this one is my favorite. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful description of a beautiful picture.

  • Thank you Bette! Thrilled you enjoy this image and description too. I know a picture is already worth a thousand words, but some move me to add a few more…

    – Owed to Nature

  • Delfino
    Delfinoalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic colours and great movement in the clouds, great work!

  • Thank you Delfino. Thosee colors were amazing and your comment about the movement you perceive makes me smile… it was very windy!!! But all that wind made a great “brush” for painting a dramatic sky.

    – Owed to Nature

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