Wherein he sticks his landing

Life spreads itself across 
the ceiling to make you think 
you are penned in, but that 
is just another gift. Life takes 
what you thought you couldn’t live 
without and gives you a heron instead. 

On the Meaning of (excerpt)
Linda Back McKay

The Next Best Thing: Poems

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

Great Blue Heron fledgling sticks the landing.


This week’s photo challenge is minimalist. In this one moment in time, the Great Blue Heron fledgling had but one simple task: to stick his landing on the rock. With intense focus, grasping feet, and supple wings, our fledgling nailed it. Gracefully. Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks also to Leanne Cole and Laura Mackey for hosting the Monochrome Madness challenge. Visit Leanne and Laura’s challenge page to see other outstanding interpretations of monochromatic and B&W 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 10, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Birds, Fine art, Great Blue Heron, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Monochrome Monday, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. What a perfectly beautiful shot, great timing! And I just love that poem!

  2. Wonderful blog. We have great blue and green herons on the pond. Watching them is a pleasure… Having rescued a great blue caught in fishing line, they weigh nothing…. Michelle

    • Hi Michelle – many thanks for visiting and your thoughtful comment, and I’m very happy to hear that you’ve rescued a GBH, well done! You’re right – the Great Blues weigh very little despite their wingspan. I think the average is between 8-11 pounds or so. There’s a post on my blig called Taxi Driver’s Tale about another Heron rescue.

  3. Very nice words and photo

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