Great Blue Heron Morning – Charles River Blues

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Great Blue Heron – Charles River Blues Nbr 2 – In the Cyanotype Style – babsjeheron

The bridge in this photo was constructed in the mid 19th century, around the same time that the cyanotype process came into popularity. There is a certain timelessness to this location, and I imagined how it would have been rendered by a 19th century photographer, perhaps capturing an ancestor of one of the Great Blue Herons that frequent the area today.

Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge Morning. Sunday morning breakfast at the Charles River with the Great Blue Heron: who has the better breakfast? The Heron with the salmon she caught moments after this photo, or me with a store-bought bagel and cream cheese with smoked salmon? (Hint: Only one of us remembered to bring the morning coffee.)

From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.


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.™

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Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Posted on August 7, 2016, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, daily prompt, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Monochrome Monday, Photography, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. That is a fine old Stonebridge and enough of a heroin sitting at the base of it.

    • Hi Margaret – Thanks, I’m glad you like this one. The bridge dates to the mid-1800’s but there had been earlier bridges spanning the river near that location going back more than 200 years earlier. I would have loved to see the earlier ones. Best, Babsje

  2. I love the monochromatic feel of the blues… bridge and heron perfectly composed. Great shot, Babsje.

    • Many thanks for your kind words, Jane. This is my favorite place for a picnic breakfast, where there is a sense of being transported back in time. Best, Babsje

  3. I love the mood of this picture…the old stone bridge and the graceful heron strolling beneath. I also think it is a wonderful composition. I like looking at it.

    • Hi Judy – Many thanks for your generous comment. The location is a favorite spot, walking distance from home and I enjoy fantasizing about the history there, the many generations of Great Blue Herons who have foraged there over the years. Glad you like it. Best, Babsje

      • You are most fortunate to be close to such a cool looking bridge…I love ancient stone bridges! The presence of the heron just icing on the cake.

        • Yes, thanks, I do feel very lucky to live so nearby, and also that the 21st century road engineers haven’t tried to “improve” that old bridge to modern road standards! One really neat thing to see is the Great Blue Heron flying through one of the 3 stone arches. It’s always thrilling and the timing unpredictable and so almost impossible to capture with a camera. One of these days maybe. Best, Babsje

  4. blue is my favourite colour 🙂

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