Nbr. 25

She’s gathered up all the time in the world
– nothing else – and waits for scanty trophies,
complete in herself as a heron.

Denise Levertov,
Sands of the Well

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

Nbr. 25


Thanks to Ese for her Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Celebrate. Ese has challenged us this week with the topic of “celebration.” The backstory for the photo in this post is that it was intended to be a birthday card to celebrate my daughter’s 25th birthday. It was taken about two years before she turned 25, and by the time that specific birthday came and went, this photo had been forgotten, the 11×14 print deeply buried in my portfolio. Oh well.

Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters. Signs affixed to docks along the waterways can be fascinating. At the most basic level, they’re often just the letters and numbers of the street address of the property attached to the dock: “127 Cove Rd.” Sometimes they’re neutral and strictly business: “Private Property,” or just “Private.” Sometimes they show their owners are made of sterner stuff: “KEEP OUT!” they shout. Often they’re those ubiquitous pre-printed white plastic signs with red and black letters and numbers found in hardware stores. Sometimes, though, they reveal the property owner’s creativity and generosity: “Welcome! FREE Water!” reads a hand-lettered sign above a galvanized aluminum tub filled with water bottles on a dock in the Charles River.

That’s a favorite of mine, along with the weathered dock sign shown in the photo here, which says simply “25,” the street name a mystery.

Mystery sustains us.


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

Posted on April 28, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Ese's Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Heron, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Hope she appreciated the belated thought….. 😀

  2. Two years before a birthday..What a great planning, Great picture indeed 🙂

  3. Wonderful image, Babsje. 🙂

  4. I love how they just demand attention with just a stance:-) Lovely photo + I
    bet your daughter loved it! I have been so busy with gardening + not checking out blogs for a bit + also we got the flu, so….back visiting again and looking forward to your amazing stories and photos..is the red canoe in the water?

  5. Always love seeing a GBH! They never fail to entertain!

    • Many thanks, Phil, I know how you love the herons. You’re fortunate to be seeing them already in your salt marsh. So far, no sightings on the river here, but the season is still young!

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