Following the Sun

For tomorrow may rain,
so I’ll follow the sun.

Paul McCartney

Great blue heron profile in Autumn.

Great blue heron profile in Autumn.

The cove is a mere finger of water, pointing to the east, bounded by tall pines and oaks and an occasional maple. As the season shifts into Autumn, the sun spreads her gold very narrowly, illuminating the full swath of water only at certain times of day. By October, the great blue herons all work a similar circuit as they follow the sun in the cove.

In this photo, the heron stands on a dock shrouded in shadow. The sun blazes on the far shore, but only teases the heron across the way, illuminating just her head.

As they follow the sun, I follow the herons.


With thanks to Verena for her Festival of Leaves opportunity.

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

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

Thanks also to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Obsession prompt. Maybe one day I will overcome my obsession with great blue herons, but apparently today is not the day.


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.


(This photo was taken October 10, 2011)

© 2013 Babsje. (

Posted on October 22, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, daily prompt, Ese's Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge, Festival of Leaves, 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. 21 Comments.

  1. Utterly gorgeous shot!

  2. there neck is so graceful and powerful…do they leave your area for winter?

  3. Wonderful head shot, Babsje. i always feel that I’m right there with you. 🙂

  4. Beautiful shot-what a noble looking bird-

  5. I love this shot . Unbelievable curves!

  6. Lovely picture, Babsje, and I also love the quote! Thanks for taking part and sharing 🙂

  7. What a fantastic shot!!!

  8. Do they feel like you are the paparrazzi and they are the movie stars???
    Really hadnsome one ….!!!! I’m assuming he;s a male as all beautiful looking
    animals are male. ~~~~~ : – )

    • The herons are definitely the stars, and you’re right – this one is a male. Male and female herons look very similar – no drab plumage for female herons unlike many other birds – but you’re right about lots of species. Thanks again for commenting!

  9. Your obsession is too beautiful to overcome! 🙂 A truly beautiful pairing.

    • Oh good to hear, because overcoming would be next to impossible. I’m glad you like this one. When I downloaded the photo, it was exciting to see how only the heron’s head was illuminated, with the rest of the body in shadow. I couldn’t have done that lighting in a studio for the life of me.

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