Beautiful Great Blue Herons on Display

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Great Blue Heron at Head of the Cove v2 – babsjeheron

There is not only peacefulness, there is joy. And the joy, less deniable in its evidence than the peacefulness, is the confirmation of it. I sat one summer evening and watched a great blue heron make his descent from the top of the hill into the valley. He came down at a measured deliberate pace, stately as always, like a dignitary going down a stair. And then, at a point I judged to be midway over the river, without at all varying his wingbeat he did a backward turn in the air, a loop-the-loop. It could only have been a gesture of pure exuberance, of joy — a speaking of his sense of the evening, the day’s fulfillment, his descent homeward.

Wendell Berry
The Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays by Wendell Berry

Great blue heron fishing in water falling over a dam in the Charles River Watershed.

From December 4 through January 25, 2020, my Great Blue Heron photographs are once again on display on 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.

Since 2001, the Center for Arts Natick has been housed in the circa 1875 historic Central Fire House, where the Summer Street Gallery provides an opportunity for accomplished visual artists in the region to have their work prominently displayed for TCAN’s diverse and loyal audience.

141 years after the Firehouse was first constructed in 1875, TCAN installed an intimate new venue on the second floor of the historic firehouse for concerts, movies, and events, with new professional gallery space for the visual arts. 543 backers pledged $103,420 in a Kickstater campaign that helped bring this project to life.

If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. Many of the photos in the exhibit are being shown for the first time, and do not appear on the blog. 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.

And who knows, maybe I’ll see you there one day.

I’d like that.

Debbie’s Six Word Saturday’s prompt asks for posts with six words in the title Helpful Hound in the Kitchen . Following the rules for a change, this post has exactly six words in the title.

Thanks again to the inspiring Lens Artists – Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya – for their continuing devotion to elevating and celebrating photography.
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 76: On Display.
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 76: On Display.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 76: On Display.
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 76: On Display.


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 December 29, 2019, in ardea herodias, Art, B&W, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Monochrome Monday, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Beautifully captured! Love both images!

  2. Your heron images always give me such a peaceful feeling. They’re beautiful (as are your herons.) Happy 2020!

    • Hi Gunta! Good to hear from you. Many thanks for your kind comment. I’ve been enjoying your own blog, too. Best wishes for the coming New Year. Best, Babsje

  3. Happy New Year, Babsje. Thanks for the quotation from Wendell Berry. It reminds me of Christian Wiman’s new anthology Joy. I love how the maple branch seems to say, “Behold this bird.”

    • Hi Gary! Happy New Year to you and your family too. Happy to hear from you. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. I like your interpretation of the maple branch. That book on Joy sounds very good. And, before I forget, the last time I tried to “comment” on a post on your wonderful blog. WordPress wouldn’t let me for some reason. Hoping to read more of you in 2020. Best, Babsje

    • Hi Sally! So glad you like them, many thanks for your kind words. I always look forward to your own blog posts. Happy New Year’s to you and yours. Best, Babsje

  4. From one heron lover to another Babsje, 2 wonderful images. I especially liked the waterfall capture.

    • Many thanks, Tina. Little-known fact: although that waterfall scene may appear to be in B&W, it’s actually in full color. Happy New Year to you, your family and your Herons and Egrets and Spoonbills. Best, Babsje

  5. Beautiful both images, and thank you for your kind words! I especially love the waterfall and the heron perfectly posing. Wish you and yours a Happy New year!

  6. Really great photo. Happy New Year!


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