Great Blue Herons’ First Mink (Not Art Nbr 21)

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Mink Nbr 2 – babjseheron

No Mink were harmed in the making of this post, so please don’t get all #PETA on the Herons.

Speaking of PETA, during her high-school years, a friend’s daughter worked in a now-defunct local shop that sold fur coats on consignment. She delighted in hiding a card from PETA deep in the pocket of as many furs as possible.

The Mink shown here is the first I’ve ever encountered – in more than a dozen years on the lake. It was late in the day. I was heading for home and apparently the Mink was, as well, when we met eyeball-to-eyeball beneath the tunnel.

Looking at the Mink’s lustrous pelt, it is not difficult to understand why their fur has been so sought-after over the ages.



For the months of September and October, the Great Blue Herons are featured on the walls of the Natick Town Hall, located at 13 East Central Street in Natick, MA. Feel free to stop in during office hours Monday thru Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Thursday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

From May 1 through July 11, 2018, my Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at the Summer Street Gallery, of The Center for Arts in Natick. If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. As always, many of the photos were taken on the waterways of the Charles River watershed. The gallery is open whenever the box office is open, so please check hours here.

Thanks to Cee for her recent CFFC: Things People Grow Challenge. Farming “American Minks” was a thing in the UK, driven by greed no doubt. Unfortunately, many farm-bred Mink escaped and they are now considered an invasive species in the UK, where they are a threat to waterfowl and other creatures.

Thanks again to Paula for her WPC: Pick a word in September challenge: Cavernous. This Mink appears tp make it’s den in one of the cavernous holes among the rocks.
Thanks to Erica V and WordPress for the recent WPC: Place in the World. My favorite place is where the Herons are, of course it is. And the Herons? Their place is near the water, but also on the gallery walls and my blog. How else can I share them with you?

Thanks also to Ben H and WordPress for their WPC Challenge: Liquid. The Herons are drawn to water, as am I.

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.


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 October 7, 2018, in #mink, Art, Audubon, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Nature Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. We found a mink (in Utah) hiding out in a discarded stove pipe. It likely escaped from the mink farms not far from us. My late husband was asked by a kid one time: “how many times can you skin them?” Hubby, always with the quick wit replied: “only once, they get real mad when you do it!” 😀 We also saw one in Eastern Oregon on one of our more recent trips. They’re so graceful and fast. Spotting one is such a pleasure.

    • Cool story about skinning the minks, thanks for sharing it. You’ve been lucky to see so many. We don’t have mink farms here in suburban Boston, and I’m very very glad for that. Thanks for your kind comment. Also your latest photo of the interplay of clouds and light on the ocean’s surface is lovely! Best, Babsje

  2. I have seen one mink in my life and was thrilled. Great capture!

    • Many thanks for your kind comment, Cindy. Seeing a mink in the wild is definitely a thrill. I was passing through a tunnel on the lake when that one clambered down the boulders lining the sides. I don’t know who was more surprised, the mink or me. We were barely four feet apart when I took that photo. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Best, Babsje

  3. Wonderful photo for this week. Thanks so much for playing!!

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