Beautiful Great Blue Heron Number 25 Black and White

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Number 25 B&W

When I Met My Muse

I glanced at her and took my glasses
off–they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. “I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.” And I took her hand.

When I Met My Muse
by William Stafford
Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

Even though serious illness has prevented outings on the lake for the past year, I like to think that the Heron muse still lives with me, and in me.

My glasses are “still singing,” as the poem says.


Please watch this space for news of my next upcoming one-woman-all-herons-photography show for the months of December 2019 and January 2020 at the Summer Street Gallery of The Center for Arts in Natick

Thanks once again to Cee for her recent B&W Anything with Numbers challenge. I adore your many inspiring challenges, Cee. All docks on lakes here are required to post their street numbers, but if they omit the street name how do you know where you are?

Thanks again to Paula for her recent Thursday’s Special: Avian photo prompt. I’m pleased that Paula has included the word “avian” in her Pick-a-Word slate. There is no shortage of avians in my blog. Four years of Thursday’s Special posts is quite a feat, Paula.

Thanks once more 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 70: Monochrome.
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 70: Monochrome.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 70: Monochrome.
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 70: Monochrome.


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.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2019 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on November 16, 2019, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Cee's Black & White Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Monochrome Monday, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. You may be the only person in the world who loves herons as much or more than I do Babsje. This one along with tryout many others, is beautiful

    • Thanks, Tina, I think you may be right, although Judy at janthinaimages dot com shares our passion, too. I envy you the other birds you have in abundance there which we don’t have, like the wood storks and tricolored herons and spoonbills, and the great egrets, which are rare at my lake. I always enjoy reading your posts. Best, Babsje

  2. You are a bird lady indeed, and your images are so impressive – the herons are too. Thank you!

  3. I love this beautiful photograph…herons suit black and white…pure art. Your post sent me off looking for more poems by William Stafford who I have not read in years. I love the “Muse” and “Ask Me” and also this one, “Why I Am Happy” All the best, Babsje.
    Now has come, an easy time. I let it
    roll. There is a lake somewhere
    so blue and far nobody owns it.
    A wind comes by and a willow listens
    I hear all this, every summer. I laugh
    and cry for every turn of the world,
    its terribly cold, innocent spin.
    That lake stays blue and free; it goes
    on and on.
    And I know where it is.”
    ― William Stafford

  4. Babsje, what a terrific photo, such a piercing eye. I hope you are on the mend. The birds must be eager for your return.

  5. A gorgeous shot, Babsje. We appreciate your lovely thoughts as well.

  6. That is an excellent image!! I love the dock setting and all the detail on the bird and its expression. I do hope you are resting, healing and getting well and soon will be past the illness. Perhaps you are like me and have many images in your files which have languished as other images took first precedence. I find it fun to revisit a trip and discover something new and previously overlooked. Sometimes even the better image was unregarded that way and if housebound a way to go to the Lake again.

    • Many thanks for your kind words and get well wishes and you’re exactly right. Working on this photo took me back to the lake on that summer day. Very pleasant to be transported to that warm place when today’s skies are gunmetal grey and an ice storm is forecast. Glad you appreciate your own photos with that same sense of revisiting. Best, Babsje

  7. What a wonderful photo for that challenge. 😀 Nice to see you play along 😀

  8. Striking image, nicely captured.

  9. A beautiful post with a gorgeous quote and images, Babsje. Best of luck in your upcoming show, as well. I hope you’re firmly on the road to recovery and beyond.

  10. Schitterende foto Babsje

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