Possibly knowing that you could never find it again
“…the fishes swam into his hand, and he took them out of the water; he pulled the woodchuck out of its hole by the tail, and took the foxes under his protection from the hunters. Our naturalist had perfect magnanimity; he had no secrets; he would carry you to the heron’s haunt, or even to his most prized botanical swamp, — possibly knowing that you could never find it again, yet willing to take his risks. ”
This week’s photo challenge is descent. This Great Blue Heron fledgling’s angle of vision descends towards the smaller rock at right as he sizes up his next move: a rapid leap across the small chasm to the next rocky outcropping along the shore. He stood motionless there, calculating his approach, looking left, right, then straight down before committing to flight. It was fascinating to watch – he seemed quite tentative about making that leap for some reason. Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for this topic.
Thanks to Ailsa for hosting her wonderful Weekly Travel Theme: Autumn challenge. This photo was taken on Halloween. Do you suppose the fledgling Great Blue Heron was trying out a camouflage costume? He blended in so well there on the rocks that I nearly missed him as I paddled by on my kayak.
Thanks also to Leanne Cole and Laura Mackey for hosting the Monochrome Madness challenge. This photo is almost, but not quite strictly monochromatic – the grasses at the fledgling Great Blue Heron’s feet are a very subtle exception. Often, people equate monochromatic with B&W. While black and white photography is monochromatic, it is not the only form of monochromatism. It’s worth visiting Leanne and Laura’s challenge page to see other excellent interpretations of monochromatic photography.
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.
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Great Blue Heron, Fledgling, Kayaking
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