Beautiful Great Blue Heron’s Transformation (Not Art Nbr 14)

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Young Great Blue Heron in Molt – babsjeheron

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

Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for the recent WPC challenge: Transformation. A few years ago I pondered “How do great blue herons fly when they’re molting?” The answer: Awkwardly. Jenn’s prompt reminded me that the process of molting is a fundamental transformation.

Through July 13, 2017 I was a Featured Artist 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.

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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

Posted on December 12, 2017, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Birds, daily prompt, DPchallenge, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Saw one great blue heron near our regional trail yesterday morning. It was chilly out, and the bird was standing on the grass in the sun. Beautiful creatures. those herons.

    • Hi Deb, wow a Great Blue in December, you’re lucky. Some of ours winter over, but I haven’t seen any lately. I’ve been enjoying your latest blog posts, btw. You take me to National Parks I’ll never have a chance to visit in person, myself. Best, Babsje

  2. gives you a heron instead…good by me…the link on molting was interesting. Considering I find the whole feather growth from juvenile with all pin feathers at the same time so interesting, I never considered the word “molt” to describe the seasonal and hormonal changes in feather color…just breeding and non breeding. It is interesting how a lost feather is replaced by a new pin feather. Some of the preening is flicking off the sheath of the pin feather which don’t come off so easily sometimes. Pin feathers are alive at first having a blood supply…hence blood feather.

    • Thanks for your enlightening observations, Judy. I absolutely love how you love the Herons, yourself, and your splash screen on your site – the Egret in the swamp – is sincerely one of my all-time favorite photos,so very well done. It is quite difficult to capture the white of the Egret feathers with such clarity. Best, Babsje

  3. Thanks for the cool photos

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