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. ”

Excerpted from
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Eulogy of Henry David Thoreau, May 9, 1862, Atlantic Monthly, 1862

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Great Blue Fledgling Halloween 2014


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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Fledgling, Kayaking

Posted on November 2, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Monochrome Monday, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I like your version of monochromatic photography with this Halloween heron! I enjoyed visiting the Five Crows Gallery also.

    • Many thanks for your kind comment, I’m glad you like ths young Heron for Halloween. And thanks for visiting the gallery’s site – it is owned by five dynamic women artists, aka the Crows.thrir works blow me away, do much creativity there.

  2. What a beautiful image, it has a wonderful painterly look! Must get over to Five Crows some day soon…only about 30 mins from my house.

    • I’m glad you like this heron, that’s quite a kind compliment, thank you. I had forgotten that you’re in MA, that makes us neighbors! Five Crows has a delightfully eclectic collection of crafts and art. I enjoy doing my own holiday shopping there – it gives me great pleasure to avoid the malls. 🙂

  3. I love the subtle hues and the composition. Nicely done, Babsje.

    • Hi Jane – thanks so much for your kind words about this one. I’m glad you like it. Credit goes to Nature for the autumnal hues, and for putting my kayak at the right time, right place. 🙂

  4. I spent a while chasing heron in the Algarve. They always saw me coming 🙂

    • Hi Jo – That must have been delightful in the Algarve. It’s not surprising that they noticed you – their vision is said to be as acute as that of the Hawks! Glad you like this one, thanks.

  5. Babsje,

    Thank you for being one more who is willing to take us to the heron’s haunt.

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