Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 2 – Lost & Found

They once were lost, and then??

Great blue heron diving beneath the surface. © Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great blue heron diving.

Accidentally one day, I left the entire set of CF cards containing all of my Great Blue Heron photos on the morning bus – years’ worth of photos.

There was – needless to say – a rather sleepless sleep that night.

My workflow is such that, yes, I do have digital backup copies of most of the photos spread amongst various computers, external hard drives, USB sticks, and the original film negatives for the earlier pieces – not to mention prints in collections and the gallery – but these were the ORIGINAL cards that were missing.

Ironically, I was carrying them that day to put in secure offsite storage.

Through a series of events beginning with a wonderful act of honesty by an unknown bus passenger who found them and turned them in to the bus driver, who then turned them in to his supervisor, who in turn handed them off to others, they found their way to a lost and found 20 miles from home.

It took hours and several phone calls – first to one lost and found, then to another at a different location, and then to yet a third – followed by a lengthy cab ride, but at the end of the day they were back with me where they belong.

The anonymous bus passenger is a hero, as are Henry the bus driver and Gail at the lost and found. I’m still trying to come up with an appropriate reward. In a way, those herons are like my children, and what reward is adequate?

I am beyond grateful.


Thanks to Ben Huberman and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers. The Lost & Found served that day as a container for items that were precious to me. In fact, every day of the year, any lost & found anywhere could be a container for precious items for any number of people.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday 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

Posted on July 23, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Birds, Gratitude, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. And we are thankful to the wonderful and honest and helpful people that brought your treasures back to you. 🙂

  2. Thank goodness there are still a few old fashioned, honest people left in the world…. so glad you got them back!

  3. Well that was a terrible thing to happen but that to honest people all along the way, it did not end in tragety.

    • Hi Margaret – you’re right, though leaving them on the bus was my own fault in the first place. Thanks for your kind words once again!

  4. I tend to believe that, given a chance, most folks tend to do the right thing. I’m so glad this turned out that way.

  5. glad everything worked out in the end…

  6. Glad that you got your images back – I left my wallet in a park a couple of months ago, but your story ended better than mine!

    Nice action shot!

    Sorry for the much delayed reply – I’ve been in the UK for a month and I decided to let the blogging take a back seat – normal service will resume very soon!

    Stewart M – Melbourne

    • Hi Stewart – so sorry to hear your lost wallet story had a sad ending, what a pain that must have been for you, having to replace everything, not to mention your money. Hope you got some great UK bird photos, will keep an eye out for them at your blog! Thanks for taking the time to stop by, glad you like this photo. Its one of my own favs.

  7. Great sight to see, cool capture of the heron!

    • Hi Eileen – Glad you like this one, it was a lucky capture to get that golden backlighting on the bubbles. Thanksbfor visiting and commenting again here.

  8. Nothing like one of your photographs as a reward 🙂

  9. laurie27wsmith

    Extremely lucky!

  10. All the people along the way must have had a sense of how much of yourself you had put into all those files. I am grateful to hear that everything found its way back to you.

    • Many thanks for your kind perspective on that misadventure, I like entertaining your way of seeing what happened, much appreciated. I’m grateful for the happy ending, though while I was in the midst of it, fearing they were all lost, there were elements of practicing “letting go,” non-attachment style. That experience was valuable, too. Thanks again.

  11. Lovely story and lovely people. I’m so glad there was a happy ending.

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