Beautiful Great Blue Heron in the Charles River

The Charles River is a land of contrasts.


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Great blue heron poised in the Charles River.

Sometimes a person can love a book, but not the movie treatment. Sometimes it’s the opposite – you really enjoy a film and then read the book, and the book falls flat.

I enjoyed Bill Bryson’s book about the Appalachian Trail, “A Walk in the Woods’ more than the movie. I KonMari’d my bookshelves a couple of years ago and kept all of Bill Bryson’s books. (Even though I have a Kindle PaperWhite e-reader.)

This week’s Lens Artist prompt is “A River Runs Through It.” I first read the novel, actually three short stories by Norman Maclean, many years ago. When I KonMari’d my bookshelves, “A River Runs Through It” is another one I kept.

The Great Blue Heron shown at the top of this post stands in a small cove just around the corner from this next tableau staged on a point jutting into the Charles River.

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Charles River tableau as seen from a kayak.

The property teems with whimsical statuary, including an alligator crouching on the shore, an iguana perched on an overhanging branch, a black bear rearing up on hind legs (with cub underfoot), a family of three white-tailed deer, a giant Galapagos tortoise, and more.

And no, the Great Blue Heron isn’t one of the life-like statues – but I wouldn’t be surprised if one day a Heron statue was added to the menagerie.

Alligator on the shore of the Charles River.


Coming back around to books vs films, I’ve never seen the movie of “A River Runs Through It.”with that famous actor, though. Should I?

This post is dedicated to the Lens Artist ladies (Tina, Amy, Patti, and Leya) and to Cee Neuner, all of whom encourage and inspire.

This week, the Lens Artists focus on Rivers.

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 89: A River Runs Through the City.
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 89: River .
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 89: A River Runs Through It .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 89: A River Runs Through It .

Thanks to Cee for her Pick a Topic: Landscape.


From December 4 through January 28, 2020, my Great Blue Heron photographs were 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.

Many of the photos in the exhibit were 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.

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, Newton

Posted on March 22, 2020, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, KonMari, Landscape, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Beautiful GBH, as always.

  2. Loved your post Babsje, and of course your heron. As for the movie, I absolutely loved it. Well worth a watch

  3. The light is very peaceful and serene in that scene.

    • Hi Judy. Thanks, I agree with you. The whole moment there was serene and the waters very still. It wasn’t quite golden hour yet, though I bet that would have been something to see. Best, Babsje

  4. Love all the lovely images here. Just so happens I’m reading one of Bryson’s latest books: “The Body”. I thoroughly enjoy his style of writing. I always learn much, but in a very enjoyable way. It’s been so long since I watched “A River Runs Through It” it’s hard to remember, but I believe I enjoyed it. Perhaps I ought to read the book and see how I like it.

    • Aha, I finished reading The Body just last weekend, myself, small world. Bryson is a treasure. I’m glad you like the Heron photos. If you read ,A River” as a book, please let me know if you like the movie better. Thanks for commenting. Best, Babsje

  5. I thought it was a marvelous movie and the music is also very special. Now that you’ve reminded me of it, I will try to watch it again. Lovely shot of Mr GBH. 😍

  6. Funny gator! Love it. William

  7. Beautiful light and color in your first shot, Babsje. Lovely!

    • Many thanks, Patti. I’m so glad you like this Heron. It’s a lovely, small cove that’s secluded enough and so the Heron often stays there a long time. Best, Babsje

  8. Beautiful, Babsje! I must admit I haven’t read the book nor seen the movie…Will try to find them.

    • Thanks so much, Leya, for your kind words. The consensus is that the movie is worth watching, I’ll have to make time for it, too. Best, Babsje

  9. Excellent photos. I haven’t seen it either. Do you mean Anthony Hopkins? 🙂 Be well.

    • Hi John. Many thanks for your kind comment. The actor I was thinking of was Brad Pitt in River, but maybe Hopkins was in it, as well? Hopkins is a superb actor imo. Best, Babsje

  10. the movies cinematography is excellent as is the plot and acting!
    You have your passion too,these beautiful creatures!
    Love the shot!

    • Thanks so much for noticing my own passion for the Herons and the compliment. Your observation about the film’s cinematography definitely make me even more eager to see it. Best, Babsje

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