And I Said to Myself, What a Wonderful World

My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn. 

Louis Armstrong

Great blue heron in the Charles River in Autumn.

Great blue heron in the Charles River in Autumn.

Satchmo would have understood Ese’s focus on “obsession” for this week’s challenge. That one quote of his says it all.

As for my obsession with great blue herons, when my favorite local boathouse closes for the season, I simply move on to the river, the Charles River. The photo in this post was taken during my first kayak outing there, and it’s one of my favorites photos of the great blue herons that ply the Charles.


Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Trees & Leaves prompt.

And thanks also to Michelle for the Weekly Pet Challenge Roundup nudge.

Thanks also to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Obsession prompt.


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.


(This photo was taken October 13, 2007)

© 2013 Babsje. (

Posted on October 21, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, Birds, daily prompt, Ese's Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Michelle's Weekly Pet Challenge, Nature Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Sunday Stills, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Ironic, I was walking in the woods in the Shenandoah Valley this past weekend – sky blue, air crisp, leaves of yellow and red, watching the Chickadees and Nuthatches flit about, singing that very song of Louis Armstrong. Love the photo. I live in a community along the South River in Maryland, and love to sit and watch the Great Blues hunt ever so patiently.

  2. Beautiful photo, Babsje. I’ve always loved the words of this song. 🙂

  3. it truly is a wonderful life….and thank you for sharing it with all of us! 😉

  4. AHHhhhh .. Louis singing that jazzy bluezy melody to bring our wonderful world spirits up high. He was from Queens, New York but he would have loved the strong presence of that heron.

  5. There is so much beauty in the quote and as much beauty in your photo. I enjoyed to be taken along on your journey! 🙂

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