Beautiful Great Blue Heron on a Misty Morning

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Great Blue Heron on Bough – babsjeheron

“Lie still in a stream and breathe water. Climb to the top
of the highest tree until you come to the branch
where the blue heron sleeps. Eat poems for breakfast…”

Advice to Beginners (excerpt)
Ellen Kort

If I Had My Life to Live Over: I Would Pick More Daisies, Sandra Martz, ed.

No two days at the lake were the same. In literally thousands of hours in the field, I have observed a Great Blue Heron on this pine bough only once before, nearly fifteen years ago. Over the years, I’d always scan that spot with binoculars in hopes of again seeing a heron there, but always in vain…

Until that one misty Saturday morning.

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Great Blue Heron on Bough Nbr 2 – babsjeheron

The photo here captures only the second time I’ve ever seen a Heron perched on that bough. The first time, I wasn’t able to squeeze off a photo before the Heron took flight. So this photo was a first among my tens of thousands of Great Blue Heron photos. I hope it won’t be another fifteen years for the next sighting.

This post is prompted by the Lens Artist ladies (Tina, Amy, Patti, and Leya) and Cee Neuner, all of whom encourage the community. This week, the Lens Artists focus on gorgeous photos with the theme of Your Inspiration. It is no secret that a Great Blue Heron is my muse and an inspiration. The poet William Stafford wrote an exquisite poem about muses, “When I Met My Muse.” My reading of that poem is that our muse lives inside each of us. For me, the muse is the Great Blue Heron within. As Stafford wrote

“. . . 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 [excerpt]
Poem by William Stafford
Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 160: Inspiration .

From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 160: Inspiration .

From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 160: Inspiration .

From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 160: Inspiration .

Thanks to Cee for her CFFC: Blue.


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.™

May the Muse be with you.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2003-2021 Babsje. (

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on August 7, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, ardea herodias, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, daily prompt, Heron, Kayaking, Nature, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. Babsje, such a beautiful image and proof of your patience.

    • Hi Gary. Many thanks for your kind comment and observation about patience. Every single outing on that lake I pass that pine bough heading into the channel. Only twice in more than 1t years has a Heron graced my camera there. Best, Babsje

  2. Such an astonishing photo, Babsje. Loved the Ellen Kort excerpt, as well. I am not familiar with her.
    Wishing you more lovely spottings such as this,

    • Hi Julie. Thanks for your generous compliment about this Heron. I’m pleased you like it. And that poem is one of my favorites. It’s the only one of hers with which I’m familiar, myself. Best, Babsje

  3. I love this setting Babsje! A limb so close to the water has such potential! I do not know the direction you are facing but If it’s west I would love to get the setting orange sun in behind.
    Birds this close to the water don’t hang around once you spot them as they know they are vulnerable. Even with my eagles knowing me they do not like me getting close to them when they are close to the water.
    This bird will come back again to this spot I bet! Each bird has favorite perching trees.
    Great shot!

    • Hi Wayne. Thanks so much. I’m pleased that you like this Heron on bough scene. I am facing south on Middle Lake. A sunset there would be lovely, great idea. That scene reminded me of one of your own Great Blue Faninni photos. And you’re right about even your Eagle friends not hanging around even in favored spots. But they do keep returning to pose for you. I think this Great Blue likes that spot but only early before humans take over the lake. Hope it doesn’t take another 15 years for me to see her there again. Best, Babsje

  4. Of course those who follow you know that the great blues are your muse Babsje, but your image this week is really special (and clearly it was a special moment for you) and your text tells the story beautifully as well.

    • Hi Tina. Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m glad you like this Heron – one of my all time favorite Great Blues and yes that was a special moment. Best, Babsje

  5. Hi Babsje,
    what a fine picture. We never found out where our herons live. We see them flying or standing in the marshes but we never saw them in a tree. We have to go looking for their places.
    Thanks and cheers
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you like this photo and happy that you have Herons there. I think you have Grey Herons? Usually when they are flying over they are en route between feeding grounds and their home nesting area. Feeding grounds are usually around 2 to 4 miles from their nest, and along water such as a lake, a river or the sea. If you look at a map can you see any water bodies within around 2-4 miles? You might be able to see a Heron there. I hope that is useful. I would love to see Dina photograph some Herons. I’m sure they would be gorgeous. All my best to the Fab Four of Cley, 😊 😊 😊 😊 Babsje

      • Thank you very much, dear Babsje. We have here saltwater and freshwater everywhere, coast, little rivers and lakes. When we see the Herons, the Grey Herons, they are quite often standing next to the water holes in the marshes. That’s mostly brackish water and we see them flying above the marshes – mostly quote low.
        Thanks for your advice 🙏 🙏
        Wishing you an easy and wonderful week
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        • You’re welcome. I’m glad that you’re able to see them standing in the water. They have such patience to fish like that, being quite still for so long, waiting for a fish to swim near those long legs, sometimes almost imperceptably moving a foot to trick a fish the way a fisherman jiggles a lure. (I could ramble on for far too long about Herons.) Hoping you will observe them in their tree roosts some day – most likely near the freshwater. Wishing all the Fab Four or Cley a lovely week ahead, as well. My best to you all. Babsje

  6. An image of a very special moment – inspirational and beautiful!

  7. What a incredible capture!

  8. Oh what gorgeous photos for this week 😀

    • Hi Her. I’m pleased you like this one, thanks for your kind compliment. How could I not respond to your Blue topic? You have the best challenges. Best, Babsje

  9. Such a beautiful image. I was once in a park that was more like a nature reserve, as I was walking on the boardwalk, I looked up and there in one of the dead trees stood a Great Blue Heron, it was the first time I had seen one in a tree, I clicked away, it is one of hundreds of photos of Blue Herons and a favorite. I hope you see another one sooner than 15 years.

    • Hi Laura. Thanks for your lovely comment and glad you saw and photographed your Heron! Just a clarification – it is only 15 years for seeing that Heron on the pine bough in that spot. The Great Blues are abundant here and easy to find. They do love tall dead trees, don’t they? Thanks for visiting and commenting. Best, Babsje

  10. Lovely image, Babsje! What a calm and tranquil mood in this shot!

    • Hi Patti. Many thanks. I’m glad you sensed how tranquil it was with the Heron there that morning. Very serene and peaceful. Welcome back from your break. Great topic you choose. Best, Babsje

    • Thanks so much for your kind compliment! I’m glad you enjoyed this Heron. (Still thinking about that Meatball Sub recipe of yours. 😊) Best, Babsje

  11. Such a wonderful capture!

  12. Well worth waiting for! Your heron is so beautiful perched on that branch.

  13. What a fantastic capture. Well done! 😊❤️

  14. Of course I live the heron images but also that quite about picking the daisies was so good

  15. The composition is gorgeous!

  16. Congratulations! I have chosen your post to be featured on CFFC.
    I sure hope your week is off to a terrific start.

  17. Your photographs are outstanding. They capture a moment as well as a scene.
    Isadora 😎

  18. Wat staat hij daar statig

  19. Thanks so much Cee! 😊 Best, Babsje

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