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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Morning Song

Early one morning, I was photographing the prairies of southwestern Minnesota when I heard the song of a Dickcissel. I looked in the direction of the sound and saw that the bird was not far from where I stood. Behind it were layers of gray clouds, so I wasn't hopeful that I would get a meaningful shot. I hiked over to it anyway, and set up my camera just in case. All of a sudden the clouds opened up and the sun poured through just as the Dickcissel began his song once again. I took this image just before the sun went back behind the clouds.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2014
Date Uploaded: 10.2014
Photo Location: Luverne, Minnesota, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © John Duren