This is one of the “shots in my head” I had wanted to capture for some time. Great egret wings when back-lit take on a beautiful glow. But I had yet to have an opportunity to photograph this in late day, golden, light. As this egret started preening, I recalled this photo idea, composed my background to use some shadowed water, framed to allow space for the outstretched wing, selected my settings, and patiently waited for the wing stretch. Okay, maybe not so patiently, I kept muttering under my breath, “Lift your wing, lift your wing…!” Then it happened, very close to what I had imagined months before, captured now in this image!