Not Quite the Hudson River School

Something different today for this 100th WordPress post: one of the more “painterly” photographs.

Great blue heron fledgling deep in the cove in Autumn.

Great blue heron deep in the cove in Autumn.

This is the great blue heron fledgling first seen in the cove mid-July. Now, three months later, he has grown into a capable fisherman sporting his first winter feathers as migration nears.

It was poignant last weekend watching him follow the sunlight around the lake: the boathouse has closed for the year. Photos of him basking in the warmth of the sun under a golden canopy or perching deep in the mist-laden cove will have to tide me over until springtime, and his return. The photo here is very special for that reason.

I take photographs for various reasons: some are strictly nature-blogger photos that record life out in the field, some are news photos in my role as a photojournalist, and some are fine art photographs. Sometimes the three approaches overlap, many times they do not; the rules for photojournalism are very strict when it comes to post-processing.

Speaking of art, WordPress has asked us today to write a post we’d like our entire community to read. As I mentioned, last weekend was the closing of the boathouse. This coming weekend? It’s the opening of the Natick Artists Open Studios weekend, where artists and craftspeople open their studios to the public. (I’m not one of them this year, but maybe next year.) Here’s more about this wonderful collective:

Now in its 12th year, Natick Artists Open Studios is comprised of over 70 artists who live, work or show in Natick. We are committed to bringing art to the local community by opening our studios and welcoming conversations about the experience of creating art. We offer the opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and buy local art directly from the artists. Participants include painters, photographers, jewelry makers, ceramicists, sculptors, woodworkers as well as paper, fabric, glass and garden artists.

Wherever you live, whatever your community, please support your local artists. The world is richer for their presence.


Thanks to Paula and WordPress for the Thursday’s Special Non-Challenge Challenge nudge.

Thanks to Michelle W. and WordPress for the Daily Prompt: Community focus.

Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Shorelines prompt.

Thanks again to Ailsa for the Travel Theme: Deep challenge.

And thanks also to Verena for the Festival of Leaves opportunity.


(This photo was taken October 13. 2013)

© 2013 Babsje. (

Posted on October 17, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, daily prompt, Festival of Leaves, Great Blue Heron, Nature Photography, postaday, Sunday Stills, Thursday's Special, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Congratulations on the 100th post and thank you for taking part in my non-challenge. This is a painterly photo indeed 🙂

  2. That’s awfully pretty! Congrats on 100 🙂

  3. I wonder if the lake audience understands your title.Great photo

    • Hi John – Thanks for commenting! Glad you like this one. Yeah, the title is a little elusive, and I hope that maybe people might google it up if its too obscure. Thanks again.

  4. A wonderful photo, looks really a bit like a painting… You wrote such a beautiful little story behind it! Thanks a lot for taking part!

  5. Reblogged this on Festival of Leaves.

  6. Lovely photo today. Would look spectacular hanging on the wall…..

  7. A lovely photo for your 100th, Babsje. Congrats, and keep up the good work. 🙂

  8. Indeed worth an 100th post, congratz buddy.

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