Beautiful Great Blue Heron Love on Earth Day

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Great Blue Heron Soaring Upwards – babsjeheron

There wading through grasses,
the birds lean skyward…

When the Green Shoots Come

We went out to watch
the comet that night

across the road,
where the break in the trees
opened to heaven.

The nights were warmer by then,
that April night,

and climbing the short fence
between roadway and nature,

you stumbled into grasses
left flattened by snow.

I broke your fall.

And do you remember
how i spun you to the East?

At my feet, the heron’s neck
bent at the wrong angle,

and the nylon filament
wrapped feathers and bone, flightless.

I never told you.

For five seasons now,
I’ve watched the marshes…
the geese, the swans, the coots…

One blue heron…

Wondering if they mate for life
like coyote? quail…loons…

For five seasons since…

Today i am enthralled
when the green shoots come

to the surface of the field
like an ocean of spring.

There wading through grasses,
the birds lean skyward

and, gathering momentum, rise up
to soar.

Both of them.

The herons.


14 April, 2003


Like music to a Heron lover’s ears, the always-inspiring Lens Artists – Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya – focus on Taking Flight this week.

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 144: Taking Flight .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 144: Taking Flight.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 144: Taking Flight .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 144: Taking Flight .

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™

© 2003-2021 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on April 22, 2021, in Art, daily prompt, Fun with Herons, Great Blue Heron, Humor, Nature, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Ah, a beautiful verse and a beautiful, soaring heron! So glad to hear from you – hope everything is well!

  2. Beautiful! ❤ Happy Earth Day!

  3. This is a perfect image for “Taking Flight,” Babsje. Well done!

    • Hi Patti. So glad you appreciate this post and so glad you and the other three Lens Artists hosted this topic that let us all stretch our wings. Thanks for your kind words. Best, Babsje

  4. Great photo, eloquent poem. Excellent.

  5. Loved the poem Babsje and as always your heron is wonderfully captured. Thanks for joining us this week – a perfect subject for you!

    • Hi Tina. Thank YOU for choosing the Taking Flight topic – it was like music to my ears, erm eyes. I’m glad you appreciate things with wings as much as I do. Your own lead image of the soaring Spoonbill is striking. Best, Babsje

  6. These birds are just so elegant in flight. Beautiful lines and textures worthy of any painter

  7. Babsje, It is wonderful to see your posts appearing again. Thanks for bringing your world to us.

    • Many thanks, Gary. Good to hear from you and to see your own post this spring. Perhaps we both will be able to get back on the water in a couple of months if your and my recovery from broken bones cooperate, cameras willing. Best. Babsje

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