Is There a Pattern Here? – Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.” 

~ Albert Einstein

Great blue heron , detail of neck feathers.

Great blue heron, detail of neck feathers.

While most people are readily aware of the magnificent wingspan of the great blue heron, the beauty of heron feathers isn’t simply limited to those huge wings. There are a number of less prominent but still stunning feathers, some arranged in intricate patterns

For this week’s photo challenge, WordPress asked photographers to show lines and patterns.

The photo detail crop shown at right is one I have always liked because of the way it reveals the lovely pattern of a great blue heron’s neck feathers. Here, the heron has her bill tucked behind a wing, and her neck juts out prominently, showing off the symmetrical pattern of feathers running the length of the neck,

This next photo shows some other great blue feather patterns. Can you guess where on the heron these are found?

Great blue heron feather patterns.

Great blue heron feather patterns.

Location of feathers shown – clockwise, from top left:

juvenile wing,
adult lower neck,
adult upper neck,
adult upper back,
juvenile shoulder patch.
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Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns nudge.

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© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

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Posted on September 20, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, daily prompt, DPchallenge, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Quelle perfection dans la nature, jusque dans les plus petits détails ! Merci infiniment de nous faire partager encore une fois la grande beauté du héron bleu

  2. The GBH is such a beautiful bird, Babsje. Thanks for the close-up detail you’ve revealed. 🙂

  3. Thanks for this look at feather patterns and detail. I always marvel at this when photographing/watching birds.

  4. The patterns are so beautiful.

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