Shades of Red

I've gone on about it so often that it's probably no surprise to hear that I love the early morning golden/red light. Today's picture is of a female mallard taken soon after the sun peeked above the South Downs.

A few minutes later, and the colour was already fading, but there still a reddish tint to this shot of a white goose (yes Darko, a goose!).

This is a duck (Darko, please take note 😀 )

For most of the rest of the day we had clear skies, but more pallid tones. That is until I was leaving work at just after 5pm. The moon was rising, and being so low in the sky was quite startling to see. The first shot has some cars and street lights to give a sense of the overall scene.

The final shade of red came this evening. You've guessed right if you've gone for 'red fox', and the splendid specimen is Shutterbug looking very fine in his winter coat.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens apart from Shutterbug who was photographed with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. derWandersmann November 30, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Very good, Words … especially that first, because the faces of the ripples pick up the red light, too, in the midst of the blue.

    Red sun at dawning; sailors take warning … red sun at night; sailor's delight.

  2. Wulpen November 30, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Great shots

  3. gdare December 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Ok, ok, I got the difference 😛

  4. serola December 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    That moon sure was red 🙂

  5. Words December 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    dW, thanks. I liked that duck. Such a standard subject but the light makes the difference.

    We have that saying in a slightly different form: red sky at night, shepherd's delight' red sky in morning, shepherd's warning.

  6. Words December 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Erwin, thanks!

  7. Words December 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Darko, at last 😀

  8. Words December 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Sami, just once in a blue moon it appears like that :right:

  9. derWandersmann December 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm #


  10. gdare December 3, 2012 at 2:12 am #