Sunset in the Slough

Near sundown last Thursday, it turned cloudy.  I’d parked on a two-track, in an area of marshy ponds, amid acres of reeds, to watch the arrival of loud vees of Canada geese — and a smattering of sandhills and great blue herons — landing, honking and creaking, jostling, and claiming their campsites for the night. Suddenly the sun dropped into a thin zone of clear sky at the edge of the horizon, and everything around me blazed up in a marsh fire of illumination! Here are a few views of that sunset in the slough. Note: the delicate grass in the foreground (taller than my head) is a prairie native known as Big Blue-Stem.

Golden hour:  Necedah Nat. Wildlife RefugeGolden hour:  Necedah Nat. Wildlife Refuge
Golden hour:  Necedah Nat. Wildlife RefugeGolden hour:  Necedah Nat. Wildlife Refuge

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