The golden geese of Skagit Valley
Times reader Yoshiki Nakamura’s photo of snow geese taking flight in the golden light of sunset.
Yoshiki Nakamura, Seattle
March 3, Fir Island, Skagit County
Photographer's description: “I went to Fir Island and found a large flock of snow geese. I set up a tripod and telephoto around 2:30 p.m. and waited for their dynamic, massive takeoff. The sun was almost set and a band of cloud darkened the sky and I almost gave up, (but) a small window of sun showed up again around 5:30 p.m., (just as) a couple of eagles came by and threatened the flock. The sun shed very warm light from a low angle, turning (the birds’) bodies and lower wings gold. It happened miraculously and was spectacular and beautiful.”
Expert says: “The light in this photograph is stunning! Patience by the photographer definitely paid off. The blues, pinks and yellows make this a colorful sight in what could be a chaotic takeoff, turned elegant.”
— Katie Greene,
Seattle Times photo staff
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