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An Egret Fishing

A young egret waits patiently for lunch to swim by.

A young egret waits patiently for lunch to swim by.

I’ve worked hard this past week. Head shots, finishing a book, consulting an artist on his career, and researching content for a Facebook company. I haven’t been in the sunshine for quite a while, and it’s hard to keep this outdoor girl cooped up for too long.

Yesterday afternoon, I decided I needed some vitamin D and mental refreshing, so I dropped everything for a couple of hours and took a walk along my beloved Aliso Creek. It is designated a wildlife sanctuary, even though it is in the middle of an urban environment. The calm this natural gem provides me is priceless.

I watched the mallards chasing each other. They are always entertaining. Further down the path, I spotted a young egret frozen at the edge of the water. The tell-tale sign of a youngster is yellow feet. I watched as it made very slow mechanical movements peering down into the water waiting for fish to come by. How unlike this bird humans are. We want everything NOW. I can barely sit still long enough to write this blog. The only thing that slows me down is concentrating on making photographs, so I made this one of the egret fishing to remind me to take it easy once in a while.

I hope you are able to relax a little and enjoy the world around you.

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About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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