Beautiful Great Blue Heron Garbo

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Great Blue Heron Garbo Pose – bw – babsjeheron

When I Met My Muse

I glanced at her and took my glasses
off–they were still singing. They buzzed
like a locust on the coffee table and then
ceased. Her voice belled forth, and the
sunlight bent. I felt the ceiling arch, and
knew that nails up there took a new grip
on whatever they touched. “I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.” And I took her hand.

When I Met My Muse
by William Stafford
Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford


Over decades of spending time with dozens of Great Blue Herons, I have given names to only three: Romeo, his (unrequited) inamorata Juliette, and the Heron you see today, Garbo. Are there any artists who don’t fall in love with their models, their muses? I am unabashedly smitten by Garbo.

Experimenting with the final look and feel of a photograph using different color tones is a fun method of artistic license. The photos here show the same scene rendered 5 different ways. The top version is an infrared-style B&W. Next, clockwise from top left are Sepia, B&W, Cyanotype, and then Full Color.

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Great Blue Heron, Takes 2, 3, 4, and 5 – babsjeheron

How much artistic license is too much?

As befitting the name of this beautiful Heron – Garbo – I think an old-style platinum print would be best.



Thanks to Cee for her CBWC: Five. Today’s post has five photos.
This week’s Lens Artist challenge from the amazing artists Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya, focuses on our One Photo Two Ways. I took some liberty and used five ways, not two. Check out the Lens Artists’ beautiful photos here:

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 154: One Photo Two Ways .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 154: One Photo Two Ways .

From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 154: One Photo Two Ways .

From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 154: One Photo Two Ways .


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™

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Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on June 28, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, Audubon, B&W, Black and White Photo Challenge, Cee's Black & White Challenge, Great Blue Heron, Monochrome Monday, Nature Photography, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Such a beautiful series of the heron!

    • Hi Amy. I’m so pleased that you like this Heron in her many different color tones. It was a fun exercise and I like th3 full natural color photo the least! Go figure. Best, Babsje

  2. What a fun posting. I love all of the different approaches and think the sepia one might be my favorite.

  3. Well Babsje, Ms Garbo (but how do we know it’s a she, not a he?!?!) has certainly had her moment in the sun! She does look quite majestic in her pose! Loved your approach to showing her in her various tones. I think I like the infrared best

    • Many thanks Tina. Garbo was a young fledgling then and too early to tell the gender. I agree with you about the infrared version. But still would like to create an old-style platinum print. This change of yours was lots of fun! Best, Babsje

  4. Great series, great effects.

  5. A great way to showcase the beautiful and graceful Garbo.

  6. The four photos in a square had an Andy Warhol vibe
    And enjoyed the flow of the post

  7. The only bird I ever named was a face shot of a brown pelican with a LOT of attitude glaring at me with brilliant blue eyes! I named him Plato.

    I think in this group I favor Garbo in black and white.

    • Hi Judy. Giggling at you naming that Pelican Plato. I love it. Glad you liked the B&W Garbo. You have some exquisite B&W Herons on your own blog. A couple are so memorable. Best. Babsje

  8. I can see you enjoyed playing along – and i do love Garbo!

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