The Great Blue Herons’ Favorite Cove

The artist’s job is to get the audience to care about your obsessions.

Martin Scorsese

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Great blue heron in the cove, foraging.

Many of my photos are taken from the waters of the Charles River Watershed area. Moments of absolute stillness and peace are to be found there on the water. Sometimes there’s a touch of quirky humor in captures just for fun. Sometimes the photos I take are capital A art, other times merely nature photos from the field.

Whatever the case, there’s always the love and concern for the herons I’ve come to know over the years.

The six photos today were all taken in the same secluded cove over the years. Any favorite cove of the Great Blue Herons is a special spot for me.

This photo is a variation of an earlier theme of mine: Great Blue Herons with Pickerel Weed. For two days in a row, I witnessed this beautiful Great Blue Heron at the far end of the cove. He preened, and slept, and preened and slept some more, for hours both days. Click here for Beautiful Great Blue Heron Sweetly Preens.

You may think the Heron in this photo is the same Heron shown directly above, but you would be mistaken. The location in the cove is the same, but the photos were taken 10 days apart, and the Herons are different, they are a mated pair. It is fascinating to watch the pair jockey for position on that half-submerged tree: the male lays territorial claim there, and chases the female away.
Click here for Beautiful Great Blue Heron Sticks the Landing Nbr 2.

This Great Blue Heron is in the habit of following the sunlight as it moves across the cove, much the way a cat will seek out puddles of sun indoors. Click here for Great Blue Heron in Autumn Nbr 2.

One spring, before the Pickerel Weed in the foreground and the yellow flowers sprouted up, a pair of Mute Swans built a large nest on this patch of shoreline. Once their cygnets fledged and the nest abandoned, nature and Herons reclaimed the shore, leaving no trace. Click here for Beautiful Great Blue Heron Along the Shore.


This photo is one of the ones that got me started photographing Great Blue Herons from the water. Click here for Wings Akimbo.

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.

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.

Thanks to Cee for her soon-to-come On the Hunt for Joy Challenge. The Herons, themselves, are an embodiment of joy.

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

Again, thanks and kudos 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 77: Favorite Photos.
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 78: Special Spot.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 78: Special Spot.
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 78: Special Spot.


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™

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Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick, Wayland

Posted on January 5, 2020, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Landscape, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Some wonderful images Babsje. Loved the stuck landing especially

    • Many thanks, Tina. I especially liked your own photo from NYC that seemed so timeless. You must put hours and hours into creating your posts each week. I’m not talking about time spent capturing your images of course but time spent curating them, spelunking for those fabulous quotes and then adding your commentary to each post. I know it is a labor of love for all of us. Grateful for the efforts of all of the Lens Artists. Best, Babsje

  2. Your love for these amazing birds shines through in your images.

  3. These are stunning shots! The landing capture is amazing!!

    • Hi Amy, Thanks so much, I appreciate your kind words and am glad you like the Sticks the Landing photo. It’s one of my personal favorites. Best, Babsje

  4. You show us the advantages of focusing our attention on a limited place, a narrow span of creation rather than letting our attention scatter superficially across the world.

    • Hi Gary. Many thanks for pointing this out, I hadn’t thought of it that way before. Honing in on your word “narrow,” you probably are not aware that this cove is quite narrow. Long and slender, in places it is less than two kayaks wide, and at it’s widest point, only about five or six. are a close reader. Best, Babsje

  5. I can only agree with the others – that landing is amazing. But all of these are very special – thank you, Babsje for sharing your love for these great birds!

    • Hi Leya. Many thanks for.your kind words. I’m glad you agree with the others about Sticks the Landing. Watching the Herons come in for a landing is fascinating, those enormous wings straining to cup the air in order to slow down and those long long legs straining forward to grasp a branch or stump or plain earth. I’ve only ever seen a landing fail one time: the branch broke, hurtling the Heron forward into a perfect face-plant! Thankfully, the bird was not included. Keep up the delightful work you and the other Lens Artists do for this creative space you have created! Best, Babsje

  6. I see herons often where I live, so I really admire your shots capturing their spread wings!
    Also, thank you for mentioning Cee’s new Hunt for Joy Challenge; I am looking forward to joining in there!

    • Thanks for.your kind comment. I’m glad you like the Herons and you’re lucky to see them often. I’m looking forward to.Cee’s new Joy challenge, too. Best, Babsje

  7. Beautiful birds beautifully photographed. Well done.

  8. 🖤❤️🖤❤️🖤

  9. Stunning photos, I’ve never seen one in person (yet).

  10. Hi! In case you didn’t get the pingback, I wish to tell you that I included your quote from this post in my recent Quotation Day post. Please find it here:

    Quotation day

    Thank you!

  1. Pingback: Quotation day – An Embarrassment of Riches

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