Urge for Going
I awoke today and found
the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky
then it gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
and all the trees are shivering in a naked row
I get the urge for going…
Urge for Going
It was already November, and the great blue herons soon would have an urge for going. On that day, the eastern end of the small lake was still, and bathed in golden autumn light. The trees were already bare, and the reeds and grasses shone bronzed by the sun. It was dead calm on the water, not a whisper of a breeze and the water’s surface was mirror-smooth.
Mirror-smooth, until the fledgling took flight. Then a pattern of ripples spread out on the surface of the water, breaking the calm. The angle of the light played subtly upon the ripples, bouncing back upwards underneath the heron. If you look closely at the underside of the back wing in the photo here, you can see the light-colored, horizontal stripes softly patterning the feathers with subtle stripes. I like when that happens, when ripples or waves reflect on great blue heron feathers.
Thanks to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Vibration prompt. This week, Ese challenged people with the topic of vibrations. In a way, all is vibration. The Joni Mitchell song is one we can experience when the sound vibrations hit our ears. You can see the photos on people’s blogs when visual waves hit your eyes. In the case of the great blue heron photo here, the vibration of the heron’s feet moving in the water created ripples. The ripples caused specific vibrations in the waves of sunlight that reflected back underneath the heron. Some vibrations we see, some we hear, some we feel, and some we sense in other ways.
And also thanks to Sue Llewellyn for the Word A Week: Underneath challenge. The vibration-ripple-reflection appears underneath the heron, as the light reflects upwards.
(This took place November 9, 2008)
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Posted on October 7, 2013, in A Word A Week Photo Challenge, ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, Birds, daily prompt, Ese's Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, Wildlife Photography and tagged great blue heron, heron, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.