Silken Feather Against Feather as She Rises

It is a test for us, that thin
but real, undulating figure that promises,
‘if you keep the faith I will exist
at the edge, where your vision joins
the sunlight and the rain:  heads in the light,
feet that go down in the mud where the truth is.

William Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate
For Great Blue Heron Week, 1987
Spirit of Place (excerpt)
The Way it Is: New and Selected Poems

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Great Blue Heron’s exultant wings.


This week’s photo challenge is dialogue. Thanks to Frederic B and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks again to Paula for hosting her wonderful Thursday’s Special non-challenge.

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

Thanks to the kind folks at Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless 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. (

Great Blue Heron

Posted on September 4, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Thursday's Special, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography, Wordless Wednesday and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Whoa! What a display!
    Captured so well.

  2. Magnificent .) Thank you very much for linking this beauty!

  3. oh, wow….what a great shot…..

  4. Thats a good shot – its a different angle!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    • Thanks, Stewart – glad you like it. At first, I feared that she was flying away entirely, but nope – she landed on a long only 10 feet farther from the first one. I think she thought her posing would look better there. 🙂

  5. A great shot, plenty of feather action there. 🙂

  6. ‘exultant wings’ what a splendid description. Spot on!

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