Top Shot: Taking a Leap of Faith | Photograph by Gerald Burns
Wood duck chicks leap from a cypress stump to their mother duck below. #YourShotPhotographer Gerald Burns waited four hours for the chicks to take their leap. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee writes, “I agree with both Your Shot photographers K. Orr and Noreen Underwood that this was well worth the wait. Great job being patient Gerald. I love it. I applaud that you observed and anticipated this moment. It is fantastic. I feel myself cheering on the chicks on their leap of faith. I love how the cypress stump looks like an open rhino’s mouth, like these chicks are escaping from danger. Well done.” This photo was selected for April 18, 2018 Daily Dozen.
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.