Low Tide Beauties

16″ x 20″
Acrylic On Masonite
Roseate Spoonbills at low tide in the Ding Darling Preserve. Here they are sweeping the lagoon for their dinner. The diet of the birds contributes to their exotic coloration.

One morning, a few years ago, while wandering through the Ding Darling refuge, I came upon several Roseate Spoonbills feeding in the shallow waters. As quietly as I could, so as not to spook them, I lifted my camera and composed an image of the scene above. The beauty of their color in the morning light was mesmerizing, and I’ve long looked forward to painting this scene and trying to capture the magical play of light as the birds stretched their wings and foraged for food. I hope I’ve succeeded enough to give people an idea of what this wonderous tale of natural Florida was like. — Ray Plockelman

Also available as a hand signed fine art Giclée.