Favorite Great Blue Herons in Black and White

… Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into flight.

With apologies to James Wright’s poem “A Blessing”
The Branch Will not Break

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron Catching Large Fish – babsjeheron

The fabulous ladies of Lens Artistry recently asked about our favorite photos posted in 2019. As an artist I do have personal favorites, but I’m more curious about what YOU, the readers, appreciate – enough about me!

After the photos, there’s a poll where you can let me know which are your favorites. It’s been two years since I’ve done a poll, and I do hope you participate. I’m looking forward to seeing your responses.

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Great Blue Heron at Keyhole Tunnel – babsjeheron

© 2016 Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron Garbo Pose – bw – babsjeheron

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Wherein the Great Blue Heron Sticks his Landing – babsjeheron

Accidental double exposure of a great blue heron fishing in the waterfall – babsjeheron

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Number 25 B&W – babsjeheron

From December 4 through January 28, 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 B&W Challenge: Moving Water. .

Once more, 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 77: Favorite Images of 2019.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 77: Favorite Photos of 2019<.
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 77: Favorite Photos of 2019.


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™

© 2020 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

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

Posted on January 19, 2020, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Black & White Sunday, Cee's Black & White Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. 🙂 Wonderful images of beautiful creatures! 🙂

  2. I’m so sorry you were late with this post Babsje as I think you’d have gotten many more responses. That said, I’m so pleased you jumped into the fun with these beautiful images. I absolutely loved your ghostly double exposure – maybe find a way to post it again when an appropriate challenge comes along ?! Best to you in the New Year, wishing you good health above all else.

  3. These B&W shots are wonderful, it was hard to choose a favorite! But I think my all time fav of all your pictures is adolescent Yoga Heron. The tryptic that hangs in my entryway makes me smile every day!

  4. Beautiful pictures of these magnificent birds.. ❤

  5. Oh what beautiful photos you have for this week. Love the water and of course the herons 😀 😀

  6. Absolutely charming, as usual. I’ll say it again, what marvelous birds to observe. Nature does do well in black and white. Color can distract from their majesty in many ways.

  7. So glad you entered anyway – even if late. But agree with Tina too! Fantastic birds and great images – my number one is the double exposure, but did the poll as well. Wishing you a great new 2020!

  8. Waterfall fishing: amazing sight

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