Great Blue Heron in Autumn

Great blue heron preening on log in Autumn.

I get Fall Fever each year the way some get Spring Fever.

The crisp air and scents of autumn are invigorating. I love how the landscape at the lake is transformed by the progression of leaves from their summery greens to shades of orange, yellow, and red.

Not to mention great sleeping weather.

After the sultry, sweltering nights of summer, great sleeping weather is its own cause for celebration.


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 Dawn for her Festival of Leaves: The Orange on the Side of the Road. I get fall fever each year, the way people get spring fever.

Thanks to Cee for her recent CFFC: Reds. Maple Trees often have vibrant red, orange, and yellow leaves, and it is not often that I can capture a Great Blue Heron in the fall with the beautiful leaves as backdrop.

Thanks again to Paula for her Thursday’s Special: Traces of the past. This photo was taken 5 years ago this week. The autumn leaves are not yet that vibrant in the cove this year.
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.


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Posted on October 15, 2018, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, daily prompt, Festival of Leaves, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Nature Photography, Photography challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. autumn is a lovely time!

  2. So beautiful – the sharp detail of the heron’s feathers against the hazy fall backdrop.

  3. He has finding the beautifulst place

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. I love when the Herons perch on that tree stump. Sometimes in cold weather they sit there to be warmed by the sun. Best, Babsje

  4. What an awesome picture! Thanks for linking up.

  5. Babsje, I recently enjoyed my own close encounter with a GBH on the Bitterroot River. By imitating the bird’s posture, tall and straight, I seemed less threatening to the bird, who like me, was fishing. Thanks for your paean to fall.

  6. Hard to decide which one is more ‘favorite’ season… spring or fall. I think it depends on whether I’m just coming out of a long stretch of hot, dry summer or wet and wild winter. 😀

  7. Fall is my favorite time of year. I never thought of “sleeping weather” before, but I so agree it is reason to celebrate.

    • Hi Deb. Many thanks for your kind comment. Fall seems just like a reverse spring. It seems like the trees that bud first here in the spring are the last to lose their leaves in autumn. I’m not sure that is a universal, though. Maybe the expression ‘great sleeping weather’ is only a regionalism? It is a delight after sweaty nights to have windows open, a cool, crisp breeze and a deeply relaxing sleep. Best, Babsje

  8. Great dynamic picture! I especially like the depth. I had the chance to capture one on the Galapagos Islands last year. It’s more “static” 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing your link and for your kind words. Your own GBH is a very beautiful older Heron in breeding colors. Your trip looks wonderful. Best, Babsje

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