Triptychs – Good Things Come in Threes

Multiple Choice – A triptych is:

  • A travel planner map for road trips created by the American Automobile Association?
  • A work of art or photography comprised of three related sections or panels?
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Can you hear someone singing that old chestnut, “I only have eyes for you, dear?”

© Babsje ( Great blue heron nestlings - first attempt at flying.

Around two months after the courtship display, above, the great blue heron nestlings try their wings.

© Babsje ( Great blue heron nestlings - first attempt at flying.

Who was more surprised: the fledgling that actually flew or the nest-mate watching from below?

This week, Michelle W has challenged us to show “threes.” While the three panels in today’s post are “informal” triptychs and not “high art,” each offers a small vignette of a “day in the life” of great blue herons.

I was smitten watching the courtship displays in the top panel, and my heart was in my throat as the fledglings tried their wings seventy-plus feet above the island floor.


Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes.


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™

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Great Blue Heron, Fledglings, Heron Courtship Display

Posted on February 24, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photo Essay, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wonderful.
    regards magdalena

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