Beautiful Great Blue Heron – What Goes Up…

Great blue heron fledgling practicing flying one day before fledging for good.

Great blue heron fledgling practicing flying one day before fledging for good.

I am ready for flight
oh my wings are so ripe
come wake me
take me from the nest

Jimmie Spheeris, The Nest


Thanks to Krista S and WordPress for this week’s WPC challenge: Ascend. What goes up, must come down… in one place or another. My heart was in my throat as I watched this Great Blue Heron chick learn how to fly, 80 feet above the island floor.

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™

© 2017 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

Posted on December 14, 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. 25 Comments.

  1. Excellent capture, Babsje. What a thrill to see!

    • Hi Jane. Many thanks for your kind comment. It was extraordinary out on the water that day, truly thrilling to watch him practice his take offs and landings. Best, Babsje

    • Hi Margaret. Good to hear from you, and yes, you’re right. He got the hang of it, and in fact, less than 24 hours later, he had fully fledged th nest, leaving his nest mate all alone there, 80 feet up in the trees. Best, Babsje

  2. Wow! Great job capturing a difficult subject. Nicely done. 😊

  3. I really appreciate the idea that our wings sometimes become ripe. We must recognize the moment. Thanks for this reminder.

  4. Very nice fledgling shot!!

    • Many thanks, Judy. I was absolutely in awe of that pair of fledglings, and watched them from the day their nest was built, through hatching and then fledging and into their return the following spring. So much for the notion of non-attachment. Best, Babsje

  5. Die zal 1 van de volgende dagen dus voor goed het nest verlaten.

  6. Great capture, Babsje. I often wonder what it would be like to be able to fly like a bird. 😃

  7. I’ve never seen Herons nesting before? I’m not even sure if I’ve ever seen a nest?
    Good thing you do such a great job documenting these beautiful creatures Babsje!

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