Sandhill Crane – Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico: These sandhill cranes silhouetted against the rising sun are bathed in golden light which can only be seen about five minutes after sunrise and five-minutes before sunset. I call these few minutes, “The Golden Five”, the light I most prefer for shooting. While snow geese on the refuge fly to feeding grounds before sunrise, cranes are late risers and linger until the sun crosses the horizon before taking flight to feed in the surrounding grain fields. As the sun peeked over the eastern mountains, the Phragmites grasses on the far shore glowed as the landscape turned gold with reflected light.
Nikon F5; 300mm f2.8 Nikkor lens, Provia 100 film