Beautiful Great Egret Keeping it Light
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
“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?”
“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.”
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.
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Obligatory Great Blue Heron:
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™
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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 #fivecrows, CMMC, Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, postaday, TCAN. Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.
What about light as a feather… inspired by the heron shot?
Lucky me- I was given a quail feather this morning. 💕
Thanks for your kind words and congrats on the Quail feather. I assume 5he Quail wasn’t using it at the time. 😊 Best, Babsje
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
Ok that word should have been ‘lure” not pure. Autocorrect strikes again. Sigh
Incredible photos, especially the first one!!
Hi Amy. Happy to hear you enjoyed these photos. Many thanks for your kind words. This one was fun. Best, Babsje
So beautiful – the first shot feels like an angel landing.
Hi Leya – I love your imagery of an Angel landing! Many thanks for planting that in my mind’s eye. Best, Babsje
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!
Thanks for sharing that amazing story, Wayne. Wow. Such a magical tale. It gave me goosebumps reading along. I like it very much! Thank you.
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
Hi Patricia – I adore your imagery of a bride picking up her skirts – that’s a lovely way of seeing that Egret. And thank you for the kind reminder about your e-book! I’m looking forward to the Transylvania stories and will follow up with you tomorrow. Best, Babsje
Thank you, Babsje 🙂
You’re welcome but it is I who should be thanking YOU!
Hi Patricia. Thanks again for your lovely comment. I have bought the Kindle version of your book today. You had me at the very first story! Best, Babsje
Wow. Beautiful wings!
Hi John – so glad you like those Egret wings. There are times when I think of the famous statue Winged Migration and I am positive that the life model was a Great Egret. Many thinks for your kind comment. Best, Babsje
The beauty of Nature never ceases to amaze me.
Ditto! Sometimes it takes my breath away.
I had the statue wrong!.it is Winged Victory. Winged Migration is a movie. Oops
Ahh. I was wondering! The egret’s are better!!!
For a long time I thought maybe a Heron”s wings until I saw the wings of Egrets. Here’s the Winged Victory at the Louvre. http://musee.louvre.fr/oal/victoiredesamothrace/victoiredesamothrace_acc_en.html
Super. Thank you.
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
Such whimsy. A delight.
Hi Gary. I’m so glad you enjoyed my little bit of silliness! Thanks for your kind thoughts. Best, Babsj2
Hi, Babsje. What fun! I especially love your final image with the feather. Wonderful!!
Hi Patti. Thank you. This one was fun 5o create. And the Great Blue fishing with that Gull feather was an incredible thing to behold. It went on for a long time and I took too many photos – you know, just in case nothing turned out. Thank goodness we’re not still in 5he age of 35mm film. Many thanks for your kind commen5. Best, Babsje
You’re welcome, Babsje!
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
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!
What lovely photos! The first one stole my breath.
Thank you very much for your generous comment! I’m pleased at how you responded to the Egret. Best, Babsje
Ahhh that feather in the blue heron’s beak? So nice
Thanks so much, glad you like that photo÷ best, Babsje
Top post bedankt voor je bezoek
You’re welcome and thanks for your nice comment. Glad you like it. Best, Babsje