I had a lot of time to think about life when I was stuck for a nearly a week on Lake Alvord in Oregon. A flash flood dumped twice the annual rainfall overnight, and I found myself waiting for the ancient lake to dry out.
Wandering around one day I came across this vibrant green Avocet egg – it’s parents and extended family had been keeping me company for a few days. These elegant wading birds gracefully move through shallow waters, sweeping their slender, upward-curving beaks back and forth to capture aquatic invertebrates, and I enjoyed watching them from the truck as I waited the days out.
I decided I’d like a photo of the egg, should the parents allow it. Especially if I could shoot after sunset – it reminded me of a sparkly Chao egg and would really be fitting under the beautiful dark skies.
As twilight approached and the birds were off hunting, I cautiously made my way toward the nest. I had been watching the area for a few days and hadn't noticed the parents at the nest until late in the evening, which gave me confidence that they wouldn't mind a quick photo-op! All I needed was about 5 minutes, and that was all I was going to get! The parents had finished their hunt and were cautiously watching me from about 10 yards by the time I was wrapping up, so I thanked them as I folded up the tripod and trudged though the mud back to the truck. A successful evening for all 3 of us!
Print Material and Information:This metal print is a dimensional and high-quality piece of art that stands the test of time while remaining easy to clean and care for. The artwork looks luminescent against the wall and the metal base means it’ll last a long time.
• Aluminum metal surface
• MDF Wood frame
• Can hang vertically or horizontally 1/2″ off the wall
• Scratch and fade resistant
• Fully customizable
• Blank product sourced from US