Eat poems for breakfast

“Lie still in a stream and breathe water. Climb to the top
of the highest tree until you come to the branch
where the blue heron sleeps. Eat poems for breakfast…”

Advice to Beginners (excerpt)
Ellen Kort

If I Had My Life to Live Over: I Would Pick More Daisies, Sandra Martz, ed.

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Great Blue Heron fishing as the waters descend.


This week’s photo challenge is descent. This Great Blue Heron frequents these falling waters, fishing for the trout, bass, and pickerel in the pools at the base of the falls. Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for this topic.

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

Thanks also to Ailsa for hosting her wonderful Weekly Travel Theme: Autumn 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, Kayaking

Posted on November 6, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Fine art, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Thursday's Special, Weekly Photo Challenge, Weekly Travel Themes, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. This is a beautiful composed shot.

    • Hi Margaret – Thank you! This is one of my favorite locations at the lake. In autumn, its especially lovely with the red foliage. That Great Blue Heron seems to like that spot, too.

  2. Wow …. look at the colours….. how beautiful it all is….

    • Thanks so much, I’m glad you like the autumn colors in this photo. I’m not sure what that bright red vegetation is, its not a tree like a maple, but it is very common at the lake.

  3. This is one of my favourite heron photos by you Babsje. The foliage in the background gives great contrast. Thank you for linking up again. Hope you will have a lovely weekend!

    • Many thanks, Paula! I appreciate your kind words, glad you like this photo. It isn’t often that I’ve been in the right place at the right time to capture a Great Blue Heron with the bold, vivid autumn leaves, usually they are more muted, orange-brown hues. Hope you have a lovely weekend, too.

  4. Love the composition of this one babsje – moving water, heron, colorful foliage – all of my favorite things!

    • Hi Nick – glad you like this one. Many thanks for your kind words! For years I have wanted to photograph that GBH in that spot in autumn against those red leaves. I saw her plying the shore there against the red leaves only once before, about 7 or 8 years ago, and each year since have hoped, to no avail, that she would pose there with the vibrant foliage. I’ve caught her there in spring and summer, when the falling waters are really lovely and the greenery is green, but until this year when persistence and patience paid off, had no luck finding her near the red leaves.

  5. Great picture – I love the red leaves. We are deep into spring here now – it may even be hinting at early summer! The whole idea that we have 4 seasons here is a bit of a stretch really – 6 is more like it!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    • Glad to hear that you like this photo, Stewart, and also that you’re having a lovely, warm spring. Six seasons sounds good, so long as the extreme heat you get is the shortest of the six. I spent 5 hours on the lake with camera today, and it was so cold I could barely feel my feet once back on land! But still, a beautiful day.

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