19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bird at Sunset

Sunsets on beaches are wonderful because of the colors, lights, and water itself. The ocean reflects light, but the waves reflect light on their own as well. Birds will walk across the water, looking for food, avoiding people, just doing what they do. Sometimes, you follow a bird across the beach while squatting for 30 minutes just to line up a reflection. And sometimes it’s worth it.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: La Jolla, California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D5600
Copyright: © Emma Kelly