Bald Eagle – Sweep The Boreal Aurora Sky

Sweep The Boreal Aurora Sky

     My initial impression, while viewing this Bald Eagle capture on my camera’s monitor, was that this stunningly striking bird of prey seemed on a flight path through an aurora and its powerful profile led me to the title Sweep the Boreal Aurora Sky … but the title deceives.  While the background for this shot may be reminiscent of those eerie, shadowy curtains of charged particles from the sun we in our hemisphere refer to as the aurora borealis, it is in reality not the dramatic light show at all.  What follows is the truth and the story behind the making of the image:
     Across the wide and watery chasm of the expansive bay, white-headed entities idled tree-bound in the deafening, hushed stillness while greeting the somber light of dawn.  That same light, cast from the forest and smeared subtly onto the liquid surface, created ephemeral impressions, mirrored reflections, and muted hues … Nature the artist, the lake its immense canvas.  In time, a solitary Bald Eagle launched from its lofty lookout.  Over the pigmented fluid it glided low, the backdrop redolent of a Northern Lights array.  Suddenly the eagle performed an astounding aerial maneuver … and Sweep the Boreal Aurora Sky came into existence.

~ Anecdote and Bald Eagle capture, Sweep The Boreal Aurora Sky © Jerry L. Ferrara, from the book, Wild North Idaho:  Photos and Reflections