Beautiful Great Egret Keeping it Light

Egret lunging from the shore to catch a fish  - babsjeheron. © Babsje (

Egret lunging from the shore to catch a fish – babsjeheron

Egret in profile.

Egret in profile – babsjeheron

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.

~ Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Egret looks into entrance of pipe.

Egret looks inside – babsjeheron

“Hmmm,” said Egret to nobody in particular. “The book says that the rabbit-hole goes straight like a tunnel… This looks like a tunnel to me. Could this be that famous rabbit-hole, I wonder?”

Egret investigates another pipe entrance.

Egret investigates another tunnel – babsjeheron

“Or, maybe this tunnel here is the real rabbit-hole?” muttered Egret. “Looks like it goes straight, too, but it’s too dark in there to see if it dips suddenly down. What I wouldn’t give for a lantern right about now.”

Curious egret peers into pipe entrance.

Curious egret peers into entrance – babsjeheron

Egret was thinking to himself, “These tunnels are all starting to look the same to me,” until he came across this one. “Yikes, there are bars on this one. I wonder if the bars are intended to keep what’s inside in, or what’s outside out?”

“Maybe I should go ask Alice before I try to go through any of them” Egret sighed at last before launching into flight.

The End.
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Obligatory Great Blue Heron:

© Babsje (

Great Blue Heron Fishes with Feather – babsjeheron

This post is prompted by Cee Neuner and the creative and inspiring Lens Artists Tina, Amy, Patti, and Leya, all of whom encourage the community of photographers and writers. This week, the Lens Artists focus on gorgeous photos with the theme of It’s All About the Light.

There are many kinds of light – natural and artificial, incandescent, LED, Ultra-Violet, sunrise, sunset, and do you remember what Noel Coward wrote about the noon sun – “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.”

But there’s another kind of light: light-hearted. And that is what today’s Great Egret post is all about – just a silly bit of light-hearted fun.

Thanks to Cee for her CMMC: Close Up The Great Egret is giving those three tunnels a close up inspection.

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 162: About the Light .

From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 162: About the Light .

From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 162: About the Light .

From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 162: About the Light .


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


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

May the Muse be with you.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2003-2021 Babsje. (

Great Egret, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on August 24, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, ardea herodias, Birds, Egret, Humor, Nature, Photo Essay, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. What about light as a feather… inspired by the heron shot?
    Lucky me- I was given a quail feather this morning. 💕

  2. Wonderful silliness Babsje!
    That Heron using the feather is odd? It can’t happen too often?

    • Thanks for your kind comment, Wayne, glad you like the silly Egret post. That Great Blue was one of a couple I photographed over the years in the same area of that cove. A couple of Herons used “tools” for fishing from the semi-submerged White Pine log. That one Heron is the only one I ever saw using a feather as a pure – it was a Gull feather. Best, Babsje

  3. Incredible photos, especially the first one!!

  4. So beautiful – the first shot feels like an angel landing.

  5. I talked to a birding expert today about your Heron using a feather.
    He told me a story about what the Natives use to do for one type of fishing.
    They would create a lure with a feather and put it on a long pole. They would plunge the long pole deep into the water and withdraw. The device would detach and because of a small float attached would begin to rise. It would twirl and twirl around as it ascended.
    Fish would pursue It up from the depths thinking it was a wounded fish spinning in it’s death throws! To be welcomed by a spearing fishermen!

  6. In the first image, the lunging egret looks like a bride, picking up her skirts for her great entrance.

    Babsje, I’ll put my email address here for you to contact me (for the Transylvania book). Will just add a few spaces… You can remove this line later: patricia @ alluringcreations . co . za

    Thank you!!

  7. Wow. Beautiful wings!

  8. Babsje, I loved reading about the tunnel hole through the eyes of an egret! Very creative.😀

    • Hi Sylvia. I’m glad to hear that. This Egret was an intrepid explorer and had a fascination with tunnels. The story basically wrote itself through the Egret’s inquisitive eyes. Thanks for your kind words. Best, Babsje

  9. Such whimsy. A delight.

  10. Hi, Babsje. What fun! I especially love your final image with the feather. Wonderful!!

  11. Fun post Babsje – the spread wings are really lovely in you opening image.

    • Hi Tina. Many thanks. I’m glad you like my little bit of levity. It was fun following this Egret around the lake. That head image and the assorted tunnel photos were literally 5 miles apart on the lake. He sure got around. Best. Babsje

  12. What a stunning bird! They don’t come this far west. (At least, I’ve not seen one.) I loved the story! That would have been really fun to show my students when they we doing creative writing.

    • Hi Julie – If you are still teaching, feel free to share the Egret with your students. Speaking of reaching. ] really enjoyed your big potato reveal post the other day and when I read it I could just tell you’re a very good teacher. We get very few Egrets at the lake – they tend to be more populous closer to the Atlantic. Many thanks for your kind comment. Best, Babsje

      • Hi Babsje- I am not teaching these days, but you have inspired me to move my metal heron and duck statues (tag sales finds) into the edge of some flower pics I took today, just for fun. I’m thinking they may appear in my blog one day soon.

        • Hi Julie. That is a great idea, will watch for them. I also have a metal Heron statue thingy, and also a Heron shovel – a shovel with the head carved out to show a Heron in profile. 😊

          • I bet those are awesome. Mine are, well, the kind that cost 3 dollars each at a tag sale, but they are whitish-grayish-bluish, so they are surprisingly not that bad… 😉

            • Tag sales sometimes have absolutely wonderful treasures! During the year of the virus they were sharply curtailed here. Looking forward to that part of old normal becoming part of new normal!

  13. What lovely photos! The first one stole my breath.

  14. Ahhh that feather in the blue heron’s beak? So nice

  15. Top post bedankt voor je bezoek

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