I’ve still got a lot of neat wildlife images to share from my recent Squaw Creek NWR photo shoot, but today I’m going to get away from the wildlife and share some images of a great sunset; this magical place often produces some outstanding sunsets. More often than not, when I visit this refuge I manage to squeeze out a beautiful sunset … often with oranges and reds. And when you add that to hundreds of thousands of snow geese and bald eagles, the results are often breathtaking! One interesting fact, though, is that you never see a good sunrise at this location. Why? The whole eastern side of the refuge’s landscape is made of loess hills, the formations along the Missouri River that are a result of glaciers breaking down underlying rock, during the Ice Age. These loess hills cut off the early morning sunrise from reaching the refuge. In fact, it is usually a couple of hours into the daylight before the sun rises over the hills. But let’s concentrate on a sunset from my last trip there.
Here are a few images I made as the sun fell below the horizon. I was even fortunate to have some Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens), Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) fly through the sunset:
These images were taken on Evening #1 … Evening #2 was just as spectacular! If you missed my previous 3 posts from this trip, you can click on these links: