Written by Small Hands

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

Some entries from the guest book for a one-woman photography show I had a few years ago.

A few years ago, I held a one-woman show of great blue heron photographs at an Audubon Sanctuary. The show was up for a full month, during the summer when the center was also hosting a summer vacation session for children. One week, the nature center topic focused on great blue herons. What a fun coincidence that my photos and their lesson plan overlapped. I like to think of some of the budding naturalists becoming lovers of herons.

Luckily, I had chosen a child-friendly rainbow assortment of calligraphy marker pens for people to use for entries in my guest book. As you can see from the image here, the children weren’t shy about writing their comments about the herons in colorful, artistic ways.

I treasure these pages written by small hands.


In case you’re wondering, some, but not all, of the photos from that exhibit are in the photo gallery of this blog. You can click here to view the gallery if you’d like.


Thanks to Cee for her Fun Foto Challenge: Small prompt. (This week, Cee challenged us with the topic of small. The guest book comments in a small hand are precious to me.)

Thanks to Ailsa for her Where’s My Backpack: Yellow challenge. (This week, Ailsa challenged us with the word “yellow.” When I placed the set of markers on the podium next to the guest book, I removed the yellow marker at first, thinking no one would use it. I had second thoughts, though, and put it back. It was a favorite color with some of the very youngest children, who couldn’t write words but made lovely, bright yellow scribbles in my book, instead.)


A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Audubon

Posted on February 9, 2014, in A Word A Week Photo Challenge, ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Parenting, Photography, postaday, Weekly Travel Themes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Fantastic! Nothing quite like praise from youngsters. The art work is fun, too! 🙂

    • You are so right about praise from children, and speaking of praise, many thanks for your kind words once again. Those child-like writings and drawings in my guest book bring such a lift to me. Ironically, the gallery manager removed some of those guest book pages and tossed them out – she viewed it as the children defacing my guest book, whereas I was delighted that they shared their thoughts and drawings!

  2. really beautiful note – and the colored markers do add to the feel! congrats on the one-woman show too. 🙂

  3. I so adore this photo you submitted this week. Just perfect!!! Thanks for playing!

  4. Beautiful validation from these kids- they speak the truth. Lovely post.

  5. Love the guest book. 🙂 Oh and the herons.

  6. priceless:-) what a great idea to use colorful markers-you are so original!

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