I fly to the top of the tulip tree to feel the rising sun on my breast. The wind ruffles my feathers, and I know that I am beautiful.
Taken in the photographer's garden, Overland Park Kansas at 7:30, 12/29/11.
Lens: Canon EF 300mm 1:2.8 L IS II with a 1.4X converter. Camera: EOS 5D Mark II, on an old and trusty Monfrotto tripod.
But the real trick to this photo is that this bird hatched in my garden and his parents fed him an abundance of healthy seed provided by me. That was after I had planted the trees.
All this: equipment; labor; expense; time, and patience is my way of thanking God for the dawn.