Beautiful Great Blue Heron + KonMari your Blogging Life

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

Great Blue Heron walking along the shore – babsjeheron.

It’s very easy to KonMari your online life. If you find a blog or site that Sparks Joy, subscribe and follow. If you find a blog or site that doesn’t? Well you know…

Off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen beautiful blogs I’ve been following that have gone dark the past year, for whatever reasons. One fabulous wildlife photographer said good-bye to his followers this past spring because his page views had dropped off. He wasn’t feeling the love, wasn’t getting the validation that he needed from the reading audience out there. When an outstanding, Freshly Pressed blogger says good-bye, it’s not only his personal sense of loss, it’s a loss to us all.

The media right now is full of so much controversy, strife, anguish, and turmoil, some of which is necessary and important, some of which not so much.

If you come across a blog that brings you beauty and joy, let the blogger know and subscribe – it’s usually one simple click and done. Or if you’re already a subscriber, share the joy and pass along the post to others.

We are what we eat.
Why not consume joy?
Babsje 2016

Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Rare. Above are ways to show appreciation to bloggers who bring beauty and joy to your screen – follow, share, comment, etc. There are other (fortunately) rare ways that are much less welcome. I’m talking about the professional media company that illegally copied a photo from my blog this summer, cropped out the copyright statement and published it in their newspaper. Fortunately, they weren’t able to remove the invisible, embedded watermark. I’m also talking about the fellow blogger who placed one of my photos on his blog without permission, but DigiMarc found it. I’m talking about the bloggers who liked a photo so much they posted derivative versions on their sites. Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Why not find your own voice – you don’t need to appropriate mine. If you copy someone’s work, that will not bring joy, in fact, it will bring the opposite. And when something brings not-joy, unfollowing happens quickly. Fortunately all of these are fairly rare happenings.
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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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 on Bough

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

Great Blue Heron on Bough – babsjeheron

No two days at the lake are the same. In literally thousands of hours in the field, I have observed a Great Blue Heron on this pine bough only once before, nearly ten years ago. Over the years, I’d always scan that spot with binoculars in hopes of again seeing a heron there, but always in vain…

Until this week’s misty Saturday morning.

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

Great Blue Heron on Bough Nbr 2 – babsjeheron

Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Rare. The photo here captures only the second time I’ve ever seen a Heron perched on that bough. The first time, I wasn’t able to squeeze off a photo before the Heron took flight. So this photo is a first among my tens of thousands of Great Blue Heron photos. I hope it won’t be another ten years for the next sighting.
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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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

Great Blue Heron Pose Only a Mother Could Love: Not Art Nbr 5

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

Great Blue Heron Territorial Display – babsjeheron

This Great Blue Heron is a woman of many moods. It is the same individual Great Blue Heron you see here, and here, and here, and even here. (And in yet more posts, but you get the idea.)

Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Fun. The photo here may show the Heron with what looks like a funny expression, but she was being quite serious at the time. A fisherman was plying the water in her territory that day, and she used this territorial display in an effort to chase him off. Other birds are adept at reading Heron body language, but fishermen? Not so much. That day, the fisherman ignored her threatening pose, which ultimately was lucky for the Heron: at the end of the day, she was rewarded when he tossed a 2-foot long Pike her way.

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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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

Glamorous Great Blue Heron

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

Great Blue Heron Garbo Pose – bw – babsjeheron

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

Great Blue Heron, Takes 2, 3, 4, and 5 – babsjeheron

Experimenting with the final look and feel of a photograph using different color tones is a fun method of artistic license. The photos here show the same scene rendered 5 different ways. The top version is an infrared-style B&W. Next, clockwise from top left are Sepia, B&W, Cyanotype, and then Full Color. Which do you like best? How much artistic license is too much?

Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Fun.

And thanks also to Paula for hosting her Black & White Sunday: Favorite. This Great Blue Heron posed between the two subtly different columns has always been a favorite.
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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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

Great Blue Heron Morning – Charles River Blues

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

Great Blue Heron – Charles River Blues Nbr 2 – In the Cyanotype Style – babsjeheron

The bridge in this photo was constructed in the mid 19th century, around the same time that the cyanotype process came into popularity. There is a certain timelessness to this location, and I imagined how it would have been rendered by a 19th century photographer, perhaps capturing an ancestor of one of the Great Blue Herons that frequent the area today.

Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge Morning. Sunday morning breakfast at the Charles River with the Great Blue Heron: who has the better breakfast? The Heron with the salmon she caught moments after this photo, or me with a store-bought bagel and cream cheese with smoked salmon? (Hint: Only one of us remembered to bring the morning coffee.)
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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, 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 Muse – Wings Akimbo

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

Great blue heron with wings akimbo in the cove.

When I Met My Muse

I glanced at her and took my glasses
off–they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. “I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.” And I took her hand.

When I Met My Muse
by William Stafford
Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

Thanks to WordPress for today’s Daily Prompt: Muse. This is the Great Blue Heron that did it for me.

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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I am the Featured Artist at the Summer Street Gallery. 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.

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 at the Waterfall Nbr 3

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

Great Blue Heron at the base of the waterfall fishing.

…It is a test for us, that thin
but real, undulating figure that promises,
“If you keep faith I will exist
at the edge, where your vision joins
the sunlight and the rain: heads in the light,
feet that go down in the mud where the truth is.”

Excerpt from Spirit of Place: Great Blue Heron
by William Stafford
Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Narrow. The Great Blue Heron’s slender neck looks deceptively narrow. Their supple necks allow them to swallow fishes and small mammals of considerable size, and the Heron will slowly turn its heads from side to side to help force their prey down. There are several photos elsewhere on this blog showing Herons swallowing huge fish.

And thanks also to Paula for hosting her Black & White Sunday. (My photo today has nothing to do with her topic this week, but her offerings in b&w are striking.)
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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.

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

Great Blue Heron Fly-on-the-Wall (Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 10)

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

Great Blue Heron Fledgling in profile – detail.

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

Great Blue Heron Fly on the Wall with Tom Rush and unknown patron at TCAN July 23, 2016

As a nature photographer, spending time on the water with the beloved Great Blue Herons is a meditation in and of itself. Capturing an image that conveys the experience in the moment is the icing on the cake. And then being able to share my love for these magnificent creatures with others via blog posts or the galleries where I show is the cherry on top of the experience. I think that is a universal for artists – there is the joy of creating , and then the act of releasing the art into the world, followed by watching as a fly on the wall as others respond to the art – whether music or painting or writings – whatever the form. Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge Cherry on Top.

Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge Details. The detail of the Great Blue Heron feathers in the top photo is taken from one of the photos in my recent show at TCAN. The full image is at left in the bottom photo, taken at TCAN after a concert by the wonderful, iconic, gracious Tom Rush.
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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

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

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