I'd been keeping tabs on this raccoon family through the spring of 2010, occasionally catching a glimpse of their silhouettes heading back to their nest for the day (they're nocturnal) in a hole of a tree on a steep slope overlooking the Manasquan River just before dawn. This particular morning, one of the young lagged behind and hung out for a while. I went to get my 800mm lens in hopes he would give me an "op" but I was too late. It was about 6 am and time to do yoga, so I left the gear set up and started my workout on my pool deck near by. Shortly thereafter, I'm on my back looking up seeing not one , but four sets of eyes looking down at me. They cooperated, the sun started to pop up and I was ready to be lucky......so much is about the light and luck...all fun.
Usually, the Great Blue Herons are wading and fishing in the shallows of the river about 50 feet below. It was dusk and this guy was perched on this perfectly shaped gum tree branch.
I like the soft light and the space around him.