Many visits to this location, while making road trip pitstops, have yielded peacocks, ducks, and geeseâ€”but never a Great Egret (Ardea alba). The photography mantra of always having your gear at hand rang true for this image. While parking the vehicle, a spot of white caught the eye a few hundred feet away in the midst of a gloomy, overcast morning. Egrets are common in the coastal area, often hunting in sloughs or farm drainage ditches alongside county roadsâ€”never close enough to photograph with an average length lens. This was a unique opportunity. Nearby maintenance personnel didn't seem to phase the egret, so initial caution was thrown to the wind in favor of greater haste to at least get off one shot. One shot turned into 20 minutes, 70+ captures, and the egret moving within a arms-length of the lens after being "encouraged" by a loud and rambunctious child. Spot metering on the egret and a -1 exposure value allowed the surrounding area to fall out of focus. One cannot wonder what the subject is of this striking image.