The first time I saw these elegant waders at Veterans Oasis Park, I was entranced. Doubly so when I was able to identify them my own self, using a guide book.
In the years since then, I’ve often failed to resist the temptation to take shots of them from too far away, or in bad light. This year, I set out to do better at Gilbert Water Ranch. I chose a location where I could reliably find them. I got up at 6 AM and then chose a spot where they’d be lit up by the rising sun.
Then I waited for them to come close enough to shore for a photo with reasonable resolution. And facing the right way. And without other distracting elements in the frame.
It would be a lot like work, if it weren’t so much fun.