Bite Your Tongue – Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece
Because even masterpieces sometimes bite their tongues.
It’s no secret that I consider great blue herons among the masterpieces of Nature.
And it’s also no secret that their tongues are fully the length of their stiletto beaks.
Do you know that feeling of chomping down and biting your cheek or tongue in the process?
The heron shown here certainly does.
She was foraging along the northern shoreline, rooting in the waters and wet clay, and mostly coming up with frogs and small turtles that day.
It had been peaceful watching her as she rounded the curve in the shore where the water lilies were in bloom.
She was gorgeous in classic heron silhouette, sleek feathers catching the sunlight just so, and I fired off more than a few photos.
And then it happened: she bit down, let loose a sharp cry, and transformed into a vision unlike any I’d ever seen before, her crest feathers channeling Madeline Kahn’s bride of Frankenstein hairdo from the wonderful film Young Frankenstein.
For some of you, this might just be the first time you’ve ever felt empathy with a Great Blue Heron, no?
Thanks for the Weekly Photo Challenge nudge Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress.
(This took place September, 2009)
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