Photo of the Day

pelicans at Marina del Rey, California
March 28, 2014

Break Time

"This photo was taken at the break wall at Marina del Rey in southern California," says Your Shot member Karine Gabrielian. "It's a hot spot for brown pelicans, seagulls, and other birds. The excretion patterns that cover the rocks of the break wall create the impression of artwork. The scenery changes every minute: You see birds landing, taking off, thinking, relaxing, and talking to each other."

Gabrielian, whose picture was a recent Daily Dozen selection, says one can spend hours watching the birds. "It's impossible to resist the temptation to take hundreds of photos, even if you're not a professional photographer. Since I'm not a professional, I didn't use any specific technique knowingly. I just put into it lots of emotions and feelings."

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Photograph by Karine Gabrielian, National Geographic Your Shot

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