Saturday Snapshot May 16: Silhouettes

Often when I’m outdoor, the light, shadow, direction of the sun and the time of day are less than ideal for photography. That’s the time when I see beauty from another perspective. The lack of light on the subject, or when it’s backlit, makes it all the more intriguing.

I’ve learned to appreciate silhouettes. They are more soulful and quiet. When devoid of colour, I can see more clearly the subject’s shape and form, and its solitary existence. Here are some photos I’ve taken lately… a kind of Wabi-sabi.

The slow and meditative movement of the Great Blue Heron:


Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Flying

Look at the shadow in the water, like a Chinese brush stroke:

Chinese brush painting 1


A solitary Belted Kingfisher:

Belted Kingfisher


Cattails by the pond in the evening light:



Guess who’s still busy at dusk:



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Photos Taken by Arti of Ripple Effects

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

30 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot May 16: Silhouettes”

  1. Oh, yes! Your birds and other pond life are lovely images. I would never have noticed the “brush strokes” – Thank you for mentioning that. This collection is worth meditating on.


    1. GretchenJoannna,

      That was a last minute serendipitous find just when I was about to post, as I noticed the reflection on the water. Glad it turned out this way.

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  2. Love the herons … they make such a distinctive profile when they’re in flight! Speaking of profiles … last evening we saw a small woodcock in the sandy road by our house … such a sweet looking little bird! I wished I could get a picture!


    1. Susan,

      I’d love to see that. We don’t have the Woodcock in our part of the country (I’m right at the foothills of the Rockies in Alberta, Canada).


    1. Sean,

      Yes, I can adjust the aperture on my camera. But for two reasons I didn’t, instead just used the ‘Auto Sports’ mode when birding. First, after I’ve taken the time to adjust the aperture and what not, the bird would likely have flown away. Second is, if I adjusted for everything, I wouldn’t have gotten these silhouettes. 😉


    1. Ginny,

      Yes, I’ve been following it for some time, not that it suddenly flew into my view. I love Kingfishers. And you’re right, that’s a beaver.


    1. Melinda,

      Thanks for stopping by and for hosting Saturday Snapshot. I’ve always wanted to leave a comment on your Snapshot page but don’t know how to. And there’s no allowance for me to just use WordPress Ripple Effects to comment. And you know what, I’m not on any other social media sites, well except Twitter.


  3. These are beautiful. Don’t you find that the light helps you tell a story or see a story? It’s not all daylight and the shadows and backlighting can give such grace and calm to the subject. Your heron photos are simply magnificent!


  4. My favorite is the backlit cattails. When my mother was a girl, they would dip the still-firm heads into kerosene and light them to use as torches — I suppose for nighttime events, or perhaps just for fun.

    She couldn’t remember anyone getting harmed by it all. Of course, we used to ride bicycles barefooted and without helmets, too, and we didn’t die. 🙂

    I get such a kick out of the beavers. There’s just something about them that brings a smile.


  5. Lovely Arti! The cattails are gorgeous and I especially love the final one of the heron with his reflection in the water broken up with ripples 🙂


    1. Stefanie,

      Yes, I was surprised to find that brush stroke effects on the water. And hey, I remember you’d read Far From the Madding Crowd lately. You might be interested to read my thoughts on the movie. 😉


    1. Thanks, Denise. That was a serendipitous find. Do you read Chinese? And your Canadian family connections, are they anywhere near my city Calgary, Alberta?


      1. I used to read Chinese. I have a GCSE in it, a long time ago. But when I flicked through a GCSE paper recently, could only pick out the numbers. My nan ran a Chinese school in London and they had painting classes. I can’t remember where my relatives live! I will ask my parents tomorrow.


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