Great Blue Heron Up-close and Personal – Feathers

Look, you might as well know, this thing
is going to take endless repair: rubber bands,
crazy glue, tapioca, the square of the hypotenuse.
Nineteenth century novels. Heartstrings, sunrise:
all of these are useful. Also, feathers.

Barbara Kingsolver
“Hope, An Owner’s Manual”
(excerpt)

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

Great Blue Heron Feathers – Detail – babsjeheron

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Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge Details. How many different types of feathers do you see in this detailed image?
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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, my Great Blue Heron photographs once again grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Aloft Like the Mythical Phoenix

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

Great blue heron soaring upwards, like the mythical Phoenix.

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Thanks to WordPress and Nancy for last week’s Photo Challenge Look Up.

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I’m the Artist of the Month from July 1 through July 30, 2016, at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show. TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Winging Across the Waters

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

Great blue heron wings her way across the lake.

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Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for today’s daily prompt Journey. This Great Blue Heron with a broken leg wings her way on an unknowable journey.

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

Thanks also to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, my Great Blue Heron photographs once again grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 9: One-woman photography show at TCAN thru July 30

Life spreads itself across
the ceiling to make you think
you are penned in, but that
is just another gift. Life takes
what you thought you couldn’t live
without and gives you a heron instead.

On the Meaning of (excerpt)
Linda Back McKay

The Next Best Thing: Poems

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

Great Blue Fledgling Sticks His Landing

From July 1 through July 30, 2016, my Great Blue Heron photographs once again grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick.

Since 2001, the Center for Arts Natick has been housed in the circa 1875 historic Central Fire House, where the Summer Street Gallery provides an opportunity for accomplished visual artists in the region to have their work prominently displayed for TCAN’s diverse and loyal audience.

Now, 141 years after the Firehouse was first constructed in 1875, “TCAN: Arts Center for the Next Generation” is installing an intimate new venue on the second floor of the historic firehouse for concerts, movies, and events, with new professional gallery space for the visual arts. Information about the building upgrade and Kickstarter campaign can be found here.

If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. Many of the photos in the exhibit are being shown for the first time, and do not appear on the blog. As always, many of the photos were taken from the seat of my kayak on the lake.

The gallery is open whenever the box office is open, so please check hours here.

And who knows, maybe I’ll see you there one day.

I’d like that.

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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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Summer Street Gallery, Kayaking

Who’s a good Great Blue Heron? You are! You are a good Great Blue Heron! (Post #300)

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

Great Blue Heron Fishes with Feather – babsjeheron

Doesn’t this Great Blue Heron holding a seagull feather bring to mind a friendly dog playfully carrying his favorite toy back to you, wagging his tail?

At the time, I wanted to say to her, “Who’s a good girl? You are! You are a good girl!” because the way she pranced the length of the submerged log seemed so playful – at first.

At first, it looked playful, but then I realized the seagull feather was not a mere toy to this Great Blue Heron – it was a tool, a fishing lure she repeatedly dipped into the water to entice fishes up to the surface, making it easier for her to spear them with her stiletto beak.

I’ve witnessed Great Blue Herons using tools a few times. You can read more about Great Blue Herons fishing with tools here and here.

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Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinnertime. For some birds, it is dinnertime more often than not. Searching for their next meal, or that of their offspring, is a full-time job. A few Great Blue Herons at the lake have adapted tools to make fishing much easier, and dinner more of a sure thing.
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For the month of July 2016, I will be the Featured Artist once again at the Summer Street Gallery of The Center for Arts in Natick. TCAN is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit there, please click here.

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 there, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Kayaking

Great Blue Herons Create the Future

© 2016 Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron Landing at Nest with Branch for Nest Building – babsjeheron

© 2016 Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron Carrying Another Branch for Nest Building- babsjeheron

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

The herons engage each other during a break in nest building.

Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Future. It is that time of year, when Great Blue Heron courtship, mating, and nesting gets underway here. As this photo essay shows, the Herons sometimes select branches of great length for their nests – the branch in the top photo is nearly the entire length of the bird’s neck and body. After landing in the crotch of the tree, both the male and female worked diligently together to position that branch 70 plus feet above the island floor. They then took the break shown in the bottom photo, enhancing their bond in courtship moves so intimate I imagined hearing the soft refrains “I only have eyes for you, dear.”
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For the month of July 2016, I will be the Featured Artist once again at the Summer Street Gallery of The Center for Arts in Natick. TCAN is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Kayaking, The Center for Arts Natick

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Head-Shot

© 2016 Babsje. All rights reserved. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great blue heron head-shot in the cove.


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For the month of March 2016, my Great Blue Heron photographs grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. TCAN is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Kayaking, The Center for Arts Natick

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 8: Artist of the Month for a one-woman photography show at TCAN thru March 31

© 2016 Babsje All. rights reserved. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great blue heron in the cove, foraging.

From March 1 through March 31, 2016, I am the Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery in Natick, Massachusetts. My Great Blue Heron photographs grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick.

Housed in the circa 1875 historic Central Fire House, the Summer Street Gallery provides an opportunity for accomplished visual artists in the region to have their work prominently displayed for TCAN’s diverse and loyal audience.

If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. Most of the photos in the exhibit are being shown for the first time, and do not appear on the blog.

As always, many of the photos were taken from the seat of my kayak on the lake, courtesy of the splendid outfitters Boating in Boston and Charles River Canoe & Kayak.

The gallery is open whenever the box office is open, so please check hours here.

And who knows, maybe I’ll see you there one day.

I’d like that.

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

A selection of my heron and flower photos is also 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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Summer Street Gallery

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Along the Shore

© 2016 Babsje https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com

Great Blue Heron Along the Shore Nbr 2 – babsjeheron

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For the month of March 2016, my Great Blue Heron photographs grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. TCAN is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Kayaking, The Center for Arts Natick

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Takes Advantage of Gravity

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

Great Blue Heron and Waterfall

Sunlight streams on the river stones.
From high above, the river steadily plunges–

three thousand feet of sparkling water–
the Milky Way pouring down from heaven.

Waterfall at Lu-shan
by Li Po

From Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese by Sam Hamill

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Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for hosting the Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless. It’s not just water that cascades over the lip of this dam on the Charles River – the tug of gravity pulls with it hapless fish destined to become dinner for an eagle-eyed Great Blue Heron.
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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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

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