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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
You Stepped out of a Cloud

These balletic birds--the great egrets--seem to have come from a mysterious and beautiful place like clouds (this egret is from Sarasota), with their improbably spindly legs in black stockings, ephemeral feathery tutu, and piercing eyes adorned with turquoise eyeshadow.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2012
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Copyright: © Sharon L. Wirt