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Animal: Roseate Spoonbill
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America



Immerse yourself into a vibrant tropical ecosystem as this photo captures one of Florida's most iconic birds, the Roseate Spoonbill. Florida birds showcase their best plumages and show off their striking colors during the spring and summer to attract the most desirable partners.  Spoonbills display rich pink feathers that were so desirable in the 1800's that they were nearly hunted to extinction.  

Along the pristine coastline in St. Petersburg, Florida lies an important saltwater lagoon used by birds of all kinds to hunt for food.  This lagoon features lush vegetation and is a large body of water with only one small channel connecting it to the ocean.  There was only one way to photograph birds here; you must wade in the water.  Before the sun rose on a hot summer day, I put my waders on and navigated the lagoon dodging large holes under the surface of the water as well as observing large crabs move quickly away from me.  As I walked further into the lagoon, I spotted a Spoonbill foraging for food.   

The Spoonbill was using its well designed bill by shaking its head back and fourth in the water to sift for food like fish, shrimp, bugs, and snails.  After observing the Spoonbill catch many fish, it then rested on one foot and peered out into the tropical ecosystem.  After about ten minutes, this vibrant pink bird stood on both feet and took off as the sun rose above the Florida horizon.  As I held the shutter, the Spoonbill flew perfectly along the lagoon above the rich deep blue water and in front of the lush green and yellow vegetation.  This moment shows why Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist of us all.

Each photo captured has a deep and intricate backstory, articulated above, that is printed alongside your print to give you the full behind the scenes look for each fine art photograph you purchase.


Print Options


Acrylic Print: unmatched resolution, clarity, Dmax, vibrancy, and an unrivaled 3D perspective when observing the final product

What is an Acrylic print?  An Acrylic print is one of the highest quality prints money can buy.  It is the most popular medium purchased from us is our acrylic print identical to photos hanging in art museums due to the look and feel of the image appearing backlit.  Acrylic prints are a higher quality medium compared to the more common, and lesser quality, metal prints.  Acrylic come ready to hang with a built- in wall mount and require no frame.

Thomas only uses the highest quality print engineers in the industry to ensure standout prints by relying on proprietary methods superior to all other printers.  

Surface coat options: Both options offer UV protection, however the different surface coats will optimize your viewing experience depending on where you want to hang our print.  

Clear surface coat is best used in controlled environments with special lighting, or in an area with low glare from sources like windows.  Clear enhances your viewing experience in these environments by maximizing the 3D effect making the image appear backlit.  

UV surface coat is best used in areas with an uncontrollable lighting environment, such as placing the print near bright windows. 

Heavyweight Photo Paper: vivid colors, deep rich blacks, and brilliant bright whites give an authentic and impressive feeling when looking at the final product

What is the heavyweight photo paper? Heavyweight photo paper is like you traditional medium you know and are accustomed to, but ours is much more.  We only use high quality and color calibrated paper and printers to ensure an accurate and lifelike final product.  Tailored to each specific image, we determine which of our papers yields the most pleasing results.  The papers we normally use are: Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster, Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper, Kodak Endura Metallic Paper, and Ilford Pearl Paper. 


Although our print engineering time is shorter than the time Thomas spends in the field, there is still a short shipping delay.  Due to the detail and laborious process in creating your Acrylic print, your order may not ship out to you until fifteen days after you place your order.    

Heavyweight photo paper orders ship less than five days after your order is placed.

Other Information 

Refunds are only offered if the print is damaged on arrival and reported no later than 15 days after delivery. You may be charged customs duties and taxes for this print.