Who Needs a Time Machine?

1835 seems only a split-second ago.

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

Great blue heron poised under railroad bridge.

There are moments on the water when time falls away. This dark and drizzly day was one.

The great blue heron and I had the lake to ourselves – no powerboats with big wakes disrupting the smooth glide of the kayak, no fisherman on the rock slab interfering with the heron’s fishing.

The railroad bridge and tunnel date to around 1835. The photo isn’t one from the local historical society, of course, but I like to think that it could have been.

I like to think of generation after generation of great blue herons, all fishing from that same spot by the tunnel.

Fishing before my time began, fishing after my time has ended.


Thanks to Shane Francescut and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-second Story.

Thanks to Paula for her new Black & White Sunday Non-Challenge.

Thanks to Cee for her Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 50 Years or Older.

Thanks to Leanne Cole for her Monochrome Madness Challenge.


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, Kayaking

Posted on June 1, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Black and White Photo Challenge, Cee's Black & White Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. This is super cool Babsje. Thank you for the nice surprise.

  2. May they go on fishing forever….

  3. Lovely story there! We tend to forget that birds and animals have their objectives, that they need their supper. We look at them, derive pleasure, click pictures and go home. This post has successfully made the great blue heron the main protagonist, and my heart goes out to whatever becomes heron’s prey.

    • Many thanks for your thoughtful comment, I’m glad you like this post, and appreciate your observation that so often people click the photos and go home. The herons have been there long before us, and if humans don’t endanger them, they will be there long after us.

  4. I like the bridge, they don’t build them like that any more, and let’s hope that there’ll always be herons.

    • Thanks. You’re right – they don’t build bridges like that anymore, but they should. The more modern railroad bridges on that same line are deteriorating, down to rebar in places. Rebar plus poured concrete just isn’t granite rock.

  5. great shot!I have been so busy in the garden have not had time to be at my computer or read my favorite blogs which yours is! I was riding on the river this past week and I thought of you again when I only noticed one blue heron on the river. It was a very young one + I will keep you posted to how many I see this year. I usually see at least a dozen near this spot, but only one small young one this past week. I remember you telling me that the Eagle was bothering them or do you think they are just some where eles and will return?

    • Thanks, Robbie.i had just spent some time getting caught up on your blog yesterday, lovely posts that make me want an urban garden, too. Good that you’ve been out and saw a heron. It’s pretty early in the year, now is the time whe they are mostly nesting, and so half the local heron population of breeding birds is likely sitting on a nest at any given time, which means that we don’t see as many herons in general now. But, later on, like late July and early August, once the babies have fledged, there are usually many more herons to be seen, since they’re no longer tied down to the nest. At least, that is the pattern around here. You’re right, though, about eagles – when eagles are present, the herons fell threatened.

  6. laurie27wsmith

    I dare say the Herons have been fishing that spot for millennia. A great pic.

  7. You describe the timeless aspect of paddling so well. There is indeed something timeless about the rhythm, the light, the acceptance of all that glides by. Thank you.

    • Many thanks for your kind words. I like your expression “acceptance of all that glides by.” No two days on the water are the same, and yet there is a timelessness that emerges when we can let all be still.

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