Great Blue Heron’s Guest…Flower???
There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
~ Li-Young Lee ~
From Blossoms (excerpt)
Rose (New Poets of America)
You were expecting maybe a Heron today?
Just something a little different for Cee’s FOTD and (Not entirely) WordlessWednesday.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
A Blessing (excerpt)
The Branch Will Not Break
They say that scent has more power to elicit past memories and emotions than any of our other senses. The scent of magnolia blossoms transports me back just as surely as a photograph would, and I am enraptured all over again.
Yes, I know they’re not herons. Here’s an obligatory Heron photo …
Thanks to Cee for her FOTD Flower of the Day Challenge.
Folks, now that some areas are opening back up, please consider supporting your local Arts communities – whether music, theater, crafts, visual arts venues, and others. All have been impacted over the past year and they need your love.
My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.
2015 (May), 2016 (March and July), 2018 (May, June, July), 2019 (December), 2020 (January) several one-woman photography shows at TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
2018 (September, October) one-woman photography show at Natick Town Hall
2013 thru now 2021 Five Crows Gallery in Natick
2009 one-woman photography show at a local Audubon Sanctuary
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.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
The Tao of Feathers™
© 2003-2021 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick
Posted on June 9, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, Art, Flower of the Day Challenge, Flowers, Great Blue Heron, Magnolia, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged # Lens-Artists, FOTD, heron, Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, postaday, TCAN. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.
What a gorgeous post and photos. 😀
Thanks so much Cee for your kind comment. Fun to step out of my usual genre foe a bit! Best, Babsje
Great pictures 👍 ethereal. The free verse of Lee-Young Lee is rather wooden in comparison.
Thanks for sharing
The Fab Four of Cley
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you very much for saying that you find the magnolias “ethereal.” That’s high praise! My best to The Fab Four. Babsje
Well well Babsje! who knew you were a flower photographer?! These are very beautifully done – lack of herons notwithstanding 😊. And you chose one of my favorite blossoms, although your variety is quite different from ours. Wonderful images.
Hi Tina. Love your comment, thanks! Your expression “Lack of herons not withstanding” tickled my funnybone. 😊 I ❤ magnolias. They aren’t just a visual delight – the velvety feel of magnolia petals is a tactile treat. Best, Babsje
I wonder what would happen If you hung a bunch of fresh Magnolia’s over your bed?
The Aromatherapy would be off the chart!
Great shots Babsje!
Great comment, love the idea of Magnolia aromatherapy! Thanks Wayne. Best, Babsje
can’t say I have ever smelled a Magnolia Babsje? Not sure If they grow this far north?
I do love when the Yucca trees are in bloom! Which should be in a few weeks! Tiny white flowers with not much physical beauty but the aroma always catches my imagination!
I’ve thought about having a hammock strung up in any flowering orchard for a nights rest! I wonder If the dreams would be different?
A night’s rest in a hammock in a flowering orchard sounds heavenly. I don’t know the scent of Yucca, but flowering night Jasmine would be very heady. I wonder if Hummingbirds would be drawn to it, too?
A Cherry orchard or a common Apple orchard would be great and once again I do not think I know what Jasmine smells like?
Lily’s are very fragrant!
Of course there is the other end of the spectrum with a flower like this……….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgJBSclOsro
You’re right about Lily’s and there is Jasmine-scented incense and Jasmine tea. And yes an apple blossom or cherry blossom orchard would have a pleasing scent and also look beautiful… But about that flower at the link?? A country actually made that their NATIONAL flower?! Whatever were they thinking!!
Yes,I think I’ve smelled jasmine tea but forget.
I guess there aren’t a lot of big flowers in the country? It is an attractive or rather a interesting looking flower but to smell like rotting meat isn’t very appealing to me.
Well it’s good that you don’t find the smell of rotting meat an attractive flower aroma. 😊 I can’t imagine anyone does. You’re right that it is an interesting looking flower. (It would have fit right in for The Little Shop of Horrors as Audrey’s stunt double.) The scent of Jasmine incense comes closer to the aroma of the actual Jasmine bloom than Jasmine tea does. I wonder how to smell Yucca here.
I liked that movie but preferred the original over the newer one,as long as it’s not a Triffid!
Haha! I agree about the Trifid. When you mention the “original movie” do you mean the one in B&W with Jack Nicholson playing the dentist?
yes,the B&W I found better.
Yes! That version was the best. Great little film. 😊
charmingly corny is how I would describe it