Beautiful Great Blue Herons – The Eyes Have It (Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 17)

Suddenly one recent Thursday morning, I lost vision in my left eye.

© 2017 Babsje (

Great Blue Heron on a Pedestal – babsjeheron

Retina surgery went well. Before the operation I could not see two fingers if wiggled in front of my left eye and now after last Thursday’s surgery I can.

Remarkable job by my surgeon. Still a ways to go but I’m pleased as you can imagine.

Before the surgery I could not even see the eye chart on the wall much less read it. Now I can see the eye chart, still can’t read it but that may come with time.

Take care of your eyes, people.

And reach out if you (or a loved one) need an excellent retina surgeon in eastern Massachusetts.


.Thanks again to Paula for her recent Thursday’s Special: Rift photo prompt. There is a rift between my left eye and right eye.

Thanks to Cee for her Hunt for joy.

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

This week, the Lens Artists focus on negative space. There was definitely negative space where the vision in my left eye should have been.

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 114: Negative Space .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 114: Negative Space .
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 114: Negative Space .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 114: Negative Space .

Thanks to Cee for her Hunt for joy.

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, Natick

Posted on September 13, 2020, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Fine art, Great Blue Heron, Thursday's Special, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. Beautiful GBH image! So glad to hear about your surgery. Enjoy photography!

  2. Wow babsje, that must have been truly frightening! So glad to hear it all worked out and sincerely hope your sight continues to improve. In the meanwhile, thanks for joining us with your beautiful (as always) image.

    • Hi Tina. You’re right, very scary. I’m not sure how much improvement will come but I’m an optimist. The affected eye was formerly my “good” eye that I used for the camera… At least there’s such a thing as auto-focus. Thanks for your encouraging comment. Best Babsje

  3. Wow. Gorgeous image. Glad your surgery went well. Sounds scary – so glad you got it fixed!

    • Many thanks Lisa. Words can’t describe how thrilling it was to get part of my vision back. Fingers crossed for more and better over the coming months
      Best Babsje

  4. Babsje, it’s remarkable what you can do with such poor sight. I hope that your vision will continue to improve. Your picture is lovely.

  5. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    A beautiful image Babsje and so glad to hear the surgery went well. We wish you a speedy recovery and you may want to check out eye yoga for your continued eye health too 💜

  6. Eyes are so precious for artists like you! Hope the vision continues to improve.

    • Hi Gunta. Good to hear from you. 8 have been thinking of you during the fires there in the PNW and hope you have been safe. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Best, Babsje

  7. Babsje, your photo is beautiful. Thank you. I am sorry to hear about your surgery. Wishing you complete recovery.

  8. So glad your eye surgery was successful. I can hardly imagine your relief. Your photos are wonderful. Congratulations on your exhibition!

  9. Beautiful image, Babsje – and glad to hear your surgery went well and recovery is moving forward!

  10. Babsje, I am so relieved to hear that you are gradually recovering your sight, your eyes the pathway into your world and your art.

  11. You must be so relieved that the surgery is over and all’s well! Beautiful image, too, Babsje.

  12. Glad to know your retina surgery had gone well. Best wishes on your continuing recovery.

    • Hi David. Thanks s9 much for your thoughtful comment and well wishes. It was a moment of stunning relief t9 be able to see those wriggling fingers the morning after surgery. Best, Babsje

  13. Prachtige foto.Hoop dat je vlug volledig hersteld

  14. Great photo. Well done. I’m glad you are recovering from your eye surgery. Be well.

    • Hi John, I’m glad you like that photo – it took more than six years of watching that spot until I finally captured the Great Blue there. Thanks for your well-wishes, too. Best, Babsje

  15. Heavens, Babsje- that was a shock to read. Hope you soon recover fully!

    • Thanks so much Jo for your words of encouragement. It was indeed shocking to suddenly lose vision. My retina surgeon is fantastic and while there’s still room for improvement it’s so very remarkable that he made my vision come back. Grateful beyond words. Best, Babsje

  16. Great photo.I see him here on a lot of walks

  17. I like blue and white herons except when they get into the fish pond and make a meal for themselves.

    • Hi Geri – I know exactly what you mean. It’s the nature of Nature – predator and prey, of course. Thanks for visiting and taking time to comment. Best, Babsje

  18. I hope your eyes are back to normal!

    • Hello. Thanks so much for your thoughtful well wishes! Vision in the eye that had the retina surgery – what formerly was my “good” eye used for camera work – is now 20/400, which is very bad BUT we are working on it with monthly Avastin eye shots and soon-ish cataract surgery. Fingers crossed. I won’t have eagle-eye vision like the subjects of your amazing Bald Eagle photos. Thanks again. Best, Babsje

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