A Languid Grace

Sometimes in stillness – 
When no one is looking -
She unfurls herself.
A languid grace.

© Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron wing


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This week’s photo challenge is fray. Thanks to John G and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to the kind folks at Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

Wearing Water and Slowness

You will remember that leaping stream
where sweet aromas rose and trembled,
and sometimes a bird, wearing water
and slowness, its winter feathers.

Pablo Neruda
Love Sonnet IV (excerpt)
100 Love Sonnets

© Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

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Great Blue Heron feathers fray and yet still retain their beauty.

Frayed chest feathers are combed with a specially adapted claw, and a whitish powder down dusting protects the heron from oils and surface scum from the water. After a Great Blue Heron takes a birdbath, a filmy white coating of powder down often remains behind floating on the water. A heron taking a bath is an amusing sight to behold.

This week’s photo challenge is fray. Thanks to John G and WordPress for this topic.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

Spoonbill News Update (via Phil Lanoue)

babsje:

Last year, I wrote about an injured Great Blue Heron surviving and thriving after a partial amputation to its wing in “Wherein He Gets the Girl“.

This year, the wonderful photographer and blogger Phil Lanoue has been chronicling the recovery of an injured Spoonbill in a salt marsh there. Not only are Phil’s photos always excellent, Phil really cares about his subjects.

There are photographers who mainly care about “getting the shot,” without seeming to care much about the wildlife in their captures. Not Phil. That is something I really respect in a nature photographer.

I rarely reblog, but am moved by Phil’s photos and words about the denizens of his salt marsh, and especially about one particular Spoonbill.

Originally posted on Phil Lanoue Photography:

Well our injured pink friend is still around the area and he seems to be recovering fairly well with his wounds.

He is behaving as normal, hanging out and feeding with his friends including a tricolored heron and a cormorant. Also relaxing in a tree with an egret, and he appears to be flying just fine.

We were glad he stayed around so we could keep an eye on him and continue to hope the injuries heal. And maybe if we are all lucky, some spoonbill friends will arrive so he has company!

Spoonbill News Update

Spoonbill News Update

Spoonbill News Update

Spoonbill News Update

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Why Have Wings at All?

If not to touch the sky.

Great blue heron silhouetted two hundred feet up. © Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great blue heron silhouetted against threatening skies.


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This week’s photo challenge is silhouettes. Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks again to Paula for hosting her wonderful Thursday’s Special non-challenge.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to the kind folks at Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 3 – Five Crows Brick & Mortar

In these days when anyone can set up an online shop to sell photography, I am proud to be represented by an honest-to-goodness brick & mortar gallery, Five Crows. Owned by five dynamic women artists – aka The Crows – the gallery is a true gem, offering fine art photography, handmade jewelry, designer handbags and clothing, original paintings, scarves, stained glass, pottery and a slate of fascinating artist-taught classes. I’m honored to be one of the Featured Artists there this August, and to be in the company of accomplished photographers Beth Hoffer and Eric Roux.

Also, a quick thanks to the kind folks at Charles River Canoe & Kayak. Many of my Great Blue Heron and Egret photos were taken from the seat of a CRCK kayak.

Maybe this post could be filed under shameless self-promotion?

Great Blue Heron, Magnolia, Five Crows

The Closest Inspection

Nature will bear the closest inspection.

Henry David Thoreau
The Natural History Essays

© Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

View more Egret photos here.

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This week’s photo challenge is the texture of things. Thanks to Natalia and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to the kind folks at Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Egret, Great Egret

Contortionist?

Can YOU pose like this Great Blue Heron?”

© Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com) Great Blue Heron three weeks after fledging the nest.

Great blue Heron fledgling.

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This week’s photo challenge is things that zig and zag. Thanks to Ben Huberman and WordPress for this topic. Doesn’t this Great Blue Heron fledgling look like his pose is in the shape of a “Z” with his head zigging one direction and his body zagging the other?

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Fledgling

Who’s a Shy Boy?

Great Blue Heron feathers in a herringbone pattern.

© Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron – neck detail.

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This week’s photo challenge is things that zig and zag. Thanks to Ben Huberman and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks also to Ed for his Sunday Stills topic Face Time.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

S.H.D.D.

Same Heron Different Day

© Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron stretches – same heron, different day as yesterday’s post.

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Thanks to Krista and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’. Much as I love watching wildlife from a kayak floating on the water, this Great Blue Heron seems to love that specific log. Yes, it’s the same heron on the same half-sunken log in the same cove as yesterday’s post. And close readers of this blog may also remember last year’s posts of the same bird in the same spot. I love the constancy of witnessing this heron over time.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.
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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking

A Hair-Raising Moment

© Babsje (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron’s hair raising moment.

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Thanks to Krista and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’. I love slipping the kayak into a natural-cover hide in a secluded cove and waiting for wildlife to arrive. On hot summer days, this Great Blue Heron often swoops down from the canopy and preens for hours on the half-submerged logs. When the wind is perfect,I’m able to stay with him for a long time, hidden from view, camera in hand. The peace there is profound.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.
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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking

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