Southern Focus

Birds of a Feather

Photographer Bob Bayne captures a crowded Arkansas sky

photo: Bob Bayne

Fair Oaks, Arkansas

Photographer Bob Bayne was driving home to Memphis with his wife and oldest son on a December afternoon when he spotted these snow geese sitting in a rice field along Highway 64 near Fair Oaks, Arkansas. As he pulled over and grabbed his camera, the geese began to rise “like a sheet or a blanket being spread out,” Bayne says, “with the closest ones taking off first.” He focused his lens on those. “I like the detail and sharpness of the birds near the top, with the focus getting softer as you move down the photo.” 


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