Still Life, With Bird

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Aug. 12 2014 12:00 PM

Still Life, With Bird

While walking Canes Major and Minor (the same walk where this happened), my wife and I were circumnavigating a lake when I saw a cormorant sitting on a branch sticking out into the water. I love birds, and I thought it would make a nice shot.

cormorant
Another ho-hum day in Boulder, Colo. Click to enphalacrocoracidaenate.

Photo by Phil Plait

Well, that came out a lot better than I expected! The cormorant is tough to see, so click that to get the high-res version. I like how the lake was so still you can see the reflection of the bird, and of course the magnificent Boulder icons of the Flatirons looming in the background.

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Hard to believe I took that with my iPhone 4S!

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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