Beautiful Great Blue Heron Wishing Peace on Earth (Not Art Nbr 26)

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Great Blue Heron 2020 Greetings – 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

Tis the season for wishes of peace on earth, goodwill to all.

But wait. On second thought, why should those sentiments be extended only during the holiday season? I encourage peace on earth and goodwill to all for every season of the year.

May 2021 bring you peace, health, happiness, and joy to all.


This week, the always-inspiring Lens Artists – Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya – focus on the holiday season.

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 128: Here Comes the Holiday Season .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 128: Here Comes the Holiday Season.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 127: Precious Moments .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 128: Here Comes the Holiday Season .

And 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 December 19, 2020, in ardea herodias, Art, Bird photography, Birds, Fine art, Great Blue Heron, Natick Arts, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. A fun image Babsje and a lovely thought. All the best to you throughout the year as well!

  2. Thanks to you and Wendell for this lovely post!

  3. Thanks, Babsje, for this reminder to seek both joy and peace, elusive in a time of so much uncertainty. I am so glad to be reminded of this poem from Berry. Wishing you well. Gary

    • Hi Gary – Isn’t Wendell Berry a national treasure? Glad you found that quote meaningful. Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays and New Yeaes. Best, Babsje

  4. The best of seasons back. Peace, joy and solitude, we can certainly use more of it after such a difficult year. Hope you and your family are doing well, particularly your MD daughter. This COVID business is nothing short a disaster. Hope we can find our way out.
    Stay well, stay warm and stay safe. 🙂

    • Hi David. Thanks for your kind wishes and I hope you and your wife and your own MD-to-be daughters are all weathering the extraordinary challenges that 2020 has imposed. O have been enjoying reading your blog writings about the pandemic btw. Very insightful posts. May the coming New Year bring a swift return to something more sane than what passes for normal life now. Best, Babsje

  5. All the very best to you, Babsje. And what’s not to love about a heron in a Santa hat!

    • Many thanks Tish! Glad you like the Santa Hat. It’s quite the challenge to get the Heron to sit still long enough to put on the hat (as another commenter quipped previoisly. Happy Holidays to you and yours. Best, Babsje

  6. Just lovely, Babsje – made me smile! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy Holiday and a Better New Year!

  7. Thank you, Babsje! All the best to you, too.

  8. Thanks.Whar an amazing photo

  9. And I used to think that the breeding plumage was the best. Never knew about the wonderful holiday plumage 🙂

    More joy and herons to you

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