Great Blue Heron and the Sunken Boat

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Great Blue Heron Fledgling in Territorial Display at Sunken Boat – babsjeheron

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…

Two out of three ain’t bad?

Thanks to Krista and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Repurpose. Year-after-year, this small sunken boat is repurposed as an offshore garden. From buckets of tomato plants one year to the gladiolus shown here, each year’s garden showcases something different. I feel eager anticipation when kayaking to that area for the first time early each summer, wondering what the boat garden will have in store. One of the mantras of the Environmental Protection Agency is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” This boat may not qualify for the ‘reduce’ phrase, but definitely embodies ‘reuse and recycle.’ Perhaps Krista’s ‘repurpose’ is a good addition to that mantra.

Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for their recent WPC Challenge: Resilient. This boat could have been left to deteriorate, but thanks to creative caretaking, it has endured for more than a decade sunken just off the shore. The hull is repainted periodically, keeping rust at bay. The garden is replanted annually. Instead of becoming an eyesore, the boat is a delightful piece of gardening whimsy.

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.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Posted on January 28, 2017, in ardea herodias, Art, environmental protection, Flowers, gardening, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Nature, Photography, postaday, recycling, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Heron are beautiful bird Were I live I see everyday Herons

  2. Very nice post. I suspect that the world may need a lot of local actions like this in the next few years!

    Sorry about slow reply – I have been in New Zealand and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    • Hi Stewart – Good to hear from you, thanks for your kind comments, and I agree – the world is going to need a lot of everyone’s help. I hope your travels in NZ have been both productive and fun! Best, Babsje

  3. A beautiful capture!

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