Wherein the Beautiful Great Blue Heron Sticks Her Landing

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Wherein the Great Blue Heron Sticks her Landing

The poet William Stafford wrote an exquisite poem about muses, “When I Met My Muse.” My reading of that poem is that our muse lives inside each of us. For me, the muse is the Great Blue Heron within. As Stafford wrote

“. . . I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.” And I took her hand.

When I Met My Muse [excerpt]
Poem by William Stafford
Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

Thanks to Brie and WordPress for the WPC Challenge: Muse.

Thanks also to Leanne Cole for hosting the Monochrome Madness challenge.

And thanks to Paula for hosting her Black & White Sunday. Paula’s topic this week is telling a story. The first part of the story told in this photo was the previous post, taken a few minutes before this capture.


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™

© 2015 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron

Posted on June 28, 2015, in ardea herodias, Art, Black & White Sunday, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Monochrome Monday, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Dear Babsje, thanks for calling this Stafford poem to our attention. It encourages us to stay alert and to trust our own form of the muse, a helpful assurance during times of doubt about the value of the creative process.

    • Hi Gary – You’re welcome, this is one of my favorite poems, and I like your interpretation of it very much – it is an affirmation of the power each of us brings to the creative process. Thanks for your perceptive comment! Best, Babsje

  2. Lovely post Babsje! Of COURSE you chose the gorgeous heron

  3. Beautifully shot, Babsje. The textures of the water make it exciting along with the clarity of your heron. Nice work.

    • Hi Jane- Many thanks! It was a tricky situation, trying to freeze feathers and frothing water at the same time in the same frame. To be frank, I was simply thrilled to see the heron at that location. It was the first time I saw her there, and haven’t seen her next to the falls since. So, a moment to treasure for sure. Best, Babsje

  4. Love the B & W image of the moving Heron.

  5. What a capture, Babsje! Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Paula – Many thanks for hosting your Monochrome challenge, and for your kind words about the Heron. Looking to see your Heron on your blog again sometime. 🙂 Best, Babsje

  6. Thanks for sharing that wonderful quote. A lovely pic as usual, no wonder herons ate your muse.

  7. Brilliant photo and the texture of the word did look it so real

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