Iâ€™ve only been blessed with a few opportunities to photograph or even see eagles in the wild. I took this image during a trip to Alaska, where I was traveling with my friend and Alaska photographer Carol Lahnum. We drove from Anchorage to Homer, along the way we stopped and visited another Alaska photographer, Paul Warner, who tipped us off to a nearby beach where dozens of eagles flew up and down the coastline. I never dreamed I would be this close to so many eagles. They were majestic creatures in an enchanting environment on Anchor Point Beach along Cook Inlet. Volcanoes and mountains dotted the horizon on the other side of the sea. I was in complete awe! Carol loaned me one of her lenses, a Nikon 80-200, which I used to capture this image. I shot this eagle at ISO 200; 160 mm; f/4.8 at 1/1000 second. Itâ€™s been a few years since I shot this image, but it remains one of my all-time favorites and one of my all-time favorite travel experiences. I love the wing span and the texture of the feathers. I adjusted those in Lightroom to lighten the shadows. The sea and snow-covered mountains added a special element of place to the image. When I returned home to Kentucky, I described Anchor Point Beach as heaven on Earth. Having this incredible experience allowed me to â€œspread my wingsâ€ as photographer. I'm still stunned that I captured this exquisite moment.