Zenfolio | Prairie Rim Images | Creation | Platte River Sunset
Taken 30-Mar-10
Visitors 75


6 of 32 photos
Thumbnails
Info
Photo Info

Dimensions2931 x 2345
Original file size1.61 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken30-Mar-10 20:06
Date modified30-Mar-10 20:06
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon PowerShot SD870 IS
Focal length4.6 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/125 at f/2.8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1 EV
Exposure modeManual
ISO speedISO 80
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Platte River Sunset

Platte River Sunset

I took my 8-year-old daughter, who loves both animals and photography, with me to watch the Sandhill Crane migration this year. 500,000 4-foot-tall birds stop in central Nebraska for six weeks each year en route from Mexico to Siberia. They spend their days foraging for food in cornfields near the river, but at night, they seek shelter from animals on the wide, clear sandbars of the Platte River. It's quite a sight to see 10,000 squawking birds in one spot. Better yet, they all land and take off at roughly the same time each sunset and sunrise. It's only a two hour drive from our house, so we made it into a 24 hour camping trip. My daughter captured this shot from an old railroad (now hike+bike) bridge in Ft. Kearney State Rec Area.

This shot won third place at the 2010 Nebraska State Fair photography competition.