Photo of the Day Contest
Pure Elegance by Kathy Urbach
Thursday, 6th January 2011

Pure Elegance

by Kathy Urbach

Great egret in breeding plumage, backlit in the first light of the morning! Gatorland Rookery, Orlando, FL.
Equipment: Canon EOS Mark II-N, 100-400 lens
Kathy Urbach
Been taking pictures for many years, but it's only been in the last few years that I have started taking my photography seriously. I am a member of the award winning, Orlando Camera Club in Orlando, Florida. I love almost any kind of photography , but my passion is finding the image in the image or looking for something different to shoot. I do enjoy nature and bird photography.

Pure Elegance by Kathy Urbach was photo of the day on Thursday, 6th January 2011. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.


6th January 2011 at 2:51 am

What a marvelous idea to set up the photograph in this way. Love it. Magnifico. Thank you for sharing and keep up working with the “Camera Club” in Orlando.!


6th January 2011 at 6:04 am

Amazing shot. Beautiful light! Well done!

Bill McFall

6th January 2011 at 6:08 am

What a gorgeous black and white! You have captured the details in the plumage so well. Do you sell prints of your work? I would love a print of this.


6th January 2011 at 8:22 am

OMG thought this was a negative image – highlights feather detail beautifully.


6th January 2011 at 8:34 am

Thank you I have new wall paper now!

6th January 2011 at 9:00 am

It is a composition, it is not it? But it is beautiful.

6th January 2011 at 9:02 am

Wow the Beauty of this photograph is right off the Scale–Super Color and feather detail-Gorgeous in every way

6th January 2011 at 9:29 am

Absolutely stunning picture. Love the light which eminates from it! Well done!!!!

6th January 2011 at 9:47 am

Just lovely and great in black and white.


6th January 2011 at 9:51 am

Absolutely gorgeous! The plumage flows so delicately, great lighting, all around great photo…congratulations!


6th January 2011 at 9:52 am

Absolutely stunning !

6th January 2011 at 12:45 pm

Sheer elegance!

6th January 2011 at 12:48 pm

Pure Beauty. Thanks for sharing.

Helen Hart

6th January 2011 at 1:28 pm

Perfect Title.

6th January 2011 at 2:18 pm

Great exposure!


6th January 2011 at 2:24 pm

This picture is GORGEOUS! Wow! I’ve just set it as my background! :-)

6th January 2011 at 2:40 pm

Just a wonderful, magic moment for the eyes!

6th January 2011 at 3:26 pm

Great shot. What exactly is “Gatorland Rookery” ? A park or a zoo??


6th January 2011 at 3:35 pm

Wow, I believe I just found my new painting project! This takes my breath away, I think youve captured something etheral here, like Platos Great Egret, the thought Egret from which all other Egrets manifest (in leu of Platos Horse) Absolutely profound!


6th January 2011 at 3:45 pm

Gorgeous bird captured in perfect detail… Congratulations on a great photo!

6th January 2011 at 3:47 pm

I absolutely love this photograph, incredible! This is the kind of photo I would sit and wait for! I, too, am into nature and bird photography!! That photo is going to be a money maker for you!


6th January 2011 at 3:50 pm

WOW. I am still trying to reach a level of my own work that I am thrilled with. Seeing your picture makes me hopeful, yet sad I am not there yet. Beautiful work. I do would be interested to know if you sell your work.

Marie Dunphy Harding

6th January 2011 at 4:05 pm

I’m singing your praises Kathy, for this magnificent shot! Thank you!

Mary Ann

6th January 2011 at 4:26 pm

This is the most beautiful photograph of a white egret that I have ever seen. And, I’ve seen many since the egret is my favorite bird! Thank you for this amazing image!

6th January 2011 at 4:27 pm

Wonderful photo! Great detail, stunning.


6th January 2011 at 4:50 pm

The first word out of my mouth was “WOW!” The second word out of my mouth was “WOW”! I guess I will leave it at that. WoW!

Zoya Zaidi

6th January 2011 at 5:09 pm

What a perfect shot, the bird looks ethereal, and the shot divine… Nature’s beauty captured at its best!


6th January 2011 at 5:18 pm

it doesn’t get much better than that. Breathtaking.

Richard Dart

6th January 2011 at 5:24 pm

I will just add to the accolades. Incredible image. The high contrast (could it possibly be higher!?) is eye-grabbing. Unforgetable.

6th January 2011 at 6:42 pm


6th January 2011 at 7:02 pm

This is an exquisite image of a beautiful bird. Congratulations!

Al McConnaha

6th January 2011 at 7:31 pm



6th January 2011 at 8:37 pm

OH WOW!!!! This is breathtaking! Well done. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of the world.

Laura Milholland

6th January 2011 at 9:50 pm

“Wow” was my first reaction too! I agree with Mary Ann in this being the best Great Egret image I’ve seen! Congratulations!

6th January 2011 at 10:10 pm

What a great image, indeed a nice shot, and the black and white makes it so unique

7th January 2011 at 12:05 am

Fantastic, No wonder you are a club winner, this is just superb.
you are truly talented. love from Scotland

7th January 2011 at 3:53 am


9th January 2011 at 7:20 pm

I see total artistic invention in this image! Realizing it is a photograph is secondary to my mind when I see this. Exceptional.

10th January 2011 at 2:41 pm

the white contrast against the sheer black is mesmorising! Love this image

Merrylyn Gabriel-Candelario

5th April 2011 at 2:14 am

Absolutely beautiful!

6th January 2015 at 5:20 pm

What a lovely capture Kathy. Congrats on the image of the day!

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