Beautiful Great Blue Heron Balancing on the Fish Ladder

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Great Blue Heron Balanced on Fish Ladder- 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

My blog and I have been very quiet for many months due to serious illness that has prevented outings in nature.

This morning, though, I ventured to the nearby dam for the first time since last September, camera in hand. Less than five seconds after arriving, a beautiful heron swooped down to fish at the base of the waterfall. It was the same heron you see at the top of this post.

I was, and still am, thrilled to see her again.

Life has given me a heron, as the poem says. .

Thanks to the Lens Artists Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya for their unstinting devotion to elevating and celebrating photography.
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 53: Your Choice.
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 53: Your Choice.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 53: Your Choice.
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 53: Your Choice.

Thanks to Debbie for her Travel with Intent Challenge – One Word Sunday: Relax. Although I was relaxed while waiting for this Heron to pounce on her lunch from the pooling water below the fish ladder, she was anything but, poised there on one foot, straining her neck and head downward for a better view of any fish that had cascaded over the waterfall.

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.

During September and October, 2018, the Great Blue Herons were featured on the walls of the Natick Town Hall, located at 13 East Central Street in Natick, MA.

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 current gallery show at TCAN. The gallery is open whenever the box office is open, so please check hours here.
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.


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2019 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on July 7, 2019, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, Birds, DPchallenge, Fine art, Great Blue Heron, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 70 Comments.

  1. I hope you are feeling better again now. I’ve missed you and your stunning photos.

  2. What joy to see her again!

  3. you realize this is a sign!

  4. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    A wonderful capture Babsje and we hope you will feel better and better every day 🙂💜

  5. That is a wonderful photo! Hope you feel better.

    • Thanks Amy! I’m glad you like this one. I love your Jim Henson quote on your own Lens Artist post. Thanks for the feel better wishes, too. Best, Babsje

  6. This may be my favorite of your images Babsje. I honestly thought it was a painting at first! I’d been wondering about you and am so sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Sincerely hope it’s behind you and that you’re feeling yourself again. Your heron friend is obviously happy to see you in his perfect pose!! Thanks so much for including us in your post. Hoping to see much more of you in year two!

    • Hi Tina! Many thanks for your thoughtful comment (and for your own fabulous photos on your blog). That fish ladder is in a scenic spot about half a mile from home, and a favorite place for heron watching. Only one of the herons braves climbing up the cascading waters and I am fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time. I appreciate your get well wishes and seeing that favorite great blue definitely helped the road to healing. Best, Babsje

  7. So sorry to hear of your illness, but delighted that you were able to get outside and reconnect with your heron friend. I am sending you positive energy and prayers for your return to optimal health and activity.

    • Many thanks for your kind words and positive vibes, Sarah! I appreciate them and am happy that you like this great blue heron, too. Best, Babsje

  8. I see that many people have missed your posts, as have I, and have expressed concern about your recent illness, as do I. I feel relieved to know that you are back out in the world to see all that it has to offer and hope you grow healthier day by day under the heron’s watchful eye.

    • Hi Gary. Thank you very much for your kind and compassionate words. It was a special moment out there yesterday and I’m hoping for other visits there this summer. I’m not up to kayaking and will likely miss 2019 on the lake entirely, so I’m counting on you and your sea kayak to share your adventures this summer. Best, Babsje

  9. That is one self-confident heron! Nice photo, and nice to hear from you again. I hope the immediate future brings you more venturing outdoors and heron spotting. I like the poem, too, and it seems especially meant for you. 🙂

    • Hi Deb. Good to hear from you, thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you like this confident great blue with her impeccable balance. She’s the only heron I’ve ever seen atop the fish ladder. The others seem satisfied to fish from the bottom of the falls. Hoping to see more of them in coming weeks – and hoping to see more of the National Parks through your blogging eyes. Best, Babsje

  10. Beautiful photo, looks like she’s dancing. Glad you are feeling better now and back to the herons. I don’t comment generally, but always check out your work since herons are one of my absolute favorites and your photography captures their magnificence, every time.

    • Hi Susan. Thanks so much for taking the time to post your comment. (I’m like you in that I don’t comment anywhere very often.) I like your imagery of the heron as dancing! And many thanks for the feel better soon wishes. Best, Babsje

  11. Very nice. I hope you are feeling better.

  12. May you continue to be able to get out in nature! Nature and herons are healing. It was so nice to find your post today. Take care!

    • Thanks so much! Good to hear from you again and you’re entirely correct – herons and nature are both healing. Maybe I can ask cardiologist to write a prescription for both. Best, Babsje

  13. I was going to say that the heron doesn’t look very relaxed 🙂 I also find water and being outdoors to be relaxing so I find that connection to be one I can very much relate too.
    I had wandered past your blog a few times over the last few months and had kind of wondered where you might be. I’m sorry to hear that you have not been well. I am glad to see you back in this space.
    All the best for your health,
    Cheers, Amy

    • Hi Amy. Many thanks for your kind comments. I can understand why you noticed that the heron doesn’t look so relaxed – she was definitely intently focused on the waters below the falls and I assume the surface of that wall would be slippery. And I enjoy your own blog and can see how your own appreciation for nature shines through. And thanks for the get well wishes. I’m hoping the second half of 2019 brings good things. Best, Babsje

  14. Sorry to hear about the health problems. I hope you are feeling much better now.

  15. Hi Babsje, So sorry you were ill. Glad you are back out there shooting stunning images like this. Take care.

  16. I am so glad the heron appeared to welcome you back, Babsje. I hope it has worked its magic and you and that you’ll be able to spend more time there with him. Take care

  17. Sorry to read that you’ve been ill. Thank you for this beautiful post, poem, and photo.

  18. A wonderful capture – thank you for your support, and hope you are feeling better!

  19. I’m glad you are well and healthy again.

  20. Great capture, such a balancing act.

  21. What a wonderful shot of your special heron, Babsje. I love the verse you shared and hope that your health and strength will continue to improve. xx

  22. Congratulations, dear Babsje!
    I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award.
    More about this nomination is at
    And this blog post may interest you:

  23. I’m sorry you’ve not been feeling well and hope that your health improves and stays good! I think of you sometimes when I see herons at the park where I walk. I so enjoy watching them and egrets. Congratulations on all your shows as well!


    • Hi Janet. Thanks so much for your kind comment and well wishes. You’re lucky to see the herons on your walks in your park, and thanks for thinking of me. Best, Babsje

  24. We rarely get to see herons and egrets in our part of the west. Cranes, we see plenty of them – sometimes as a single, other times with several others.
    I’m glad you’re beginning to feel better. All our best on your recovery.

    • Hi David – I’m glad you can see Cranes! Believe it or not, I’ve never seen any, myself, and would love to. Same for Spoonbills, and Ibis, and Wood Storks. I appreciate your kind feel better comment, thank you. Best, Babsje

  25. I am sorry that you have been ill and hope that you can return to your outings again with vigor!! Cannot keep a good woman down!! I too will take the heron!!

    • Many thanks for your thoughtfulness Judy. I missed the entire 2019 season but looking forward to 2020! Fingers crossed for some measure or heart improvements. Best, Babsje

      • I sure do hope so. I’ve had missed seasons due to health things but your’s sounds kind of serious and I hope you do get past or if not completely past is something that can be successfully managed with meds. I think your inner peace shows in the images and quotes you share and that must surely help!! Wishing you well.

        • Thanks again, Judy. Yes it is serious, but now I have an implanted defibrillator so if my heart so much as thinks of doing anything winky, I have a manner of back up in a way. I remember before you got.your cochlear implants that your own outings in nature were diminished. We are both treatments to better living thru technology, no? Best, Babsje

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