Beautiful Great Blue Herons at Waterfalls
Most of the time, the Great Blue Heron could be seen actively fishing at the base of the falls shown in photo above, retrieving fish unlucky enough to have been swept over. And sometimes, some very special times, the Heron would stand atop the dam, with the water rushing over his feet and stare off into the distance at the colors of the setting sun.
It is very easy to become absorbed – too absorbed – by the scene unfolding through the lens. That day of the above photo, I was so engrossed with following the Great Blue Heron through my lens that I nearly stepped over the edge into clear air. Every couple of years, we read news stories of people falling off cliffs or going into waterfalls while taking photos. I learned how easily that can happen. One more step, and I would have been in the water below the falls.
To love is not to look at one another: it is to look, together, in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Wind, Sand, and Stars
What a difference a year can make in the same waterfall. Normal years, top, and drought, bottom.
This post is prompted by Cee Neuner, Debbie Smyth, Jez Braithwaite and the creative and inspiring Lens Artists Tina, Amy, Patti, and Leya, all of whom encourage the community of photographers and writers.
The focus for this week’s LAPC is The Ordinary. This week, the Lens Artists have invited blogger I.J. Khanewala here as guest host. Welcome I.J.!
All of the photos today were ordinary days fishing with my camera for Great Blue Herons that were fishing at local waterfalls. Of course, my sense of the ordinary may be different than yours.
Please click the links below to see the beautiful offerings from these wonderful photographers.
Thanks to Cee for her CFFC: Straight Lines. The lines of water falling came straight down.
Thanks to Debbie for her Six Word Saturday. The title is the requisite six words long.
Thanks to Jez for the Water Water Everywhere Challenge. This post has quite a bit of water.
From I.J. Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 169: The Ordinary .
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 169: The Ordinary .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 169: The Ordinary .
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 169: The Ordinary .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 169: The Ordinary .
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 a half and they need your love more than ever.
Tomorrow, Sunday October 17th, Shaw Park in South Natick comes alive with Art in the Park. There will be over 2 dozen local artists enjoying the fresh air and offering their art for your enjoyment. Stop in between 10am and 3pm ET for a gorgeous Autumn day of art and music. (I am recovering from eye surgery and will not be showing this year, but hope to see you next October!)
My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.
TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
Natick Town Hall
Five Crows Gallery in Natick
Be a fly on the wall! You can CLICK HERE to see the gallery walls with Herons .
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
May the Muse be with you.™
The Tao of Feathers™
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Posted on October 16, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, ardea herodias, Birds, Heron, Nature, Photography, Wildlife Photography and tagged #6WS, #fivecrows, #LAPC, Black and White, CFFC, Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, TCAN, WWE. Bookmark the permalink. 81 Comments.
They seem to live in the moment! Know that they do.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery has so many memorable quotes 🙂
Many thanks, Patricia. You are so right. Living in the moment is their way of being. There is only now. And yes, such wonderful quotes from The Little Prince and his other works. I’m glad you like this one. Best, Babsje
Yikes Babsje, that would NOT be a good thing! Take care out there!!
Thanks Tina, yes stepping backward into thin air would not have been good. I was very lucky that day! Thanks for your kind comment! Best, Babsje
Wonderful post, Babsje 👏 & to have such an ordinary is fantastic 😀 I’ve seen several Heron in flight, & whilst graceful in the air, look a bit awkward coming into land. Love the double exposure shot 😃
Many thanks for your kind words, Jez. Yes, the Herons are so graceful in flight and landing can be dicey for such a large bird if the winds aren’t just right. Best, Babsje
Great photos of the GBH and the dam.
Thanks very much for your kind compliment. I’m glad you like this post. I wish the still photos could convey the lovely soothing sound of the waterfalls. It is almost magical. Best, Babsje
Hi Drexel. Thanks so much! Happy that you like these Herons by the falling waters. Best, Babsje
These are insane shots 🤩
Very nice shots indeed
Thanks so much for your appreciative comment, I.J. I hope you had fun hosting this week. Best, Babsje
this weir must freeze over in the winter? Any shots?
“One step too far” was what you almost discovered Babsje!
Hi Wayne. Yes, one step to far! Boy was I lucky. I’ll check my archives, I think I have one winter photo. Those waterfalls don’t fully freeze over as I remember them. I tend to hibernate off the water in foul winter weather – like your Bears. Best, Babsje
Ya,those miss steps can be deadly!
Indeed. Once while exiting a commuter train, my neighbor said to me urgently “Look out for the…” just at the exact moment I stepped off terra firma into a construction hole. I was out cold for just a moment. The only injuries were two black eyes and my pride. Thanks for the great comments Wayne.
I was on a fish farm system once and turned to walk onto a float tied up beside the system but It was about 5 feet away. I went straight down into the ocean! I was wetter than a dog and embarrassed for doing something so dumb,not looking where I was going!
Oh nooo! I feel your pain, not least because the water there can be so cold.
Brrrr. Shivering just thinking about that cold.
Wait! Did your camera go for a swim, too?!
I didn’t have my camera with me
Good thing. I bet you were very happy about that. Still the shock of very cold water sometimes causes instant drowning from the gasp reflex. You may have used up one of your mind lives that day.
Nine lives not mind lives. Typo.
Thanks again, Wayne. The falls themselves don’t freeze over what with being on the Charles, however the frothy foam at the base of the falls freezes in mid-air. It is quite the thing to see: https://babsjeheron.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/frozen-foam-at-waterfall-in-january-babsjeheron.jpg
You’re welcome. The fish ladder next to the falls is incredible with the cascade of water partially frozen into gorgeous ice crystals.
Gorgeous photos, as always 😀 😀
Hi Cee.. Thanks so much for your kind appreciation and for hosting us again! Your challenges are always fun. Best, Babsje. 😊
Glad that you didn’t take that one more step! I’ve fallen a few times in water but those were brooks. A waterfall fall would be much worse.
Many thanks, Steve. Even falling in brooks like you did could have resulted in camera damage, if not body damage. Thanks for your kind words. Best, Babsje
You might think so but I have perfected the camera lift while falling position. 🙂
Why am I not surprise? You’re a consummate pro. 😊
Lovely shots, Babsje!
Thanks so much, Leya, glad you like the Herons and waterfall series. Best, Babsje
Tremendous photos! Soul inspiring ones along the waterful.
Hi Rebecca. Thank you very much for your generous compliment. I’m pleased that you like the Herons and waterfalls. Best, Babsje
You’re welcome, well deserved. Large birds like herons and cranes seem mystical to me, such ancient species.
Thanks again. We don’t have Cranes here, oddly. I have read that Herons have been around for 40 million years. Anything that ancient deserves to be mystical in my book.
Yes, so very ancient! We have cranes walking here and there during the summer in our city. I’ll need a better distance lens to get a good shot, they are understandably untrusting of humans.
Looking forward to seeing some summer cranes next summer then!
Great images Babsje!
Hi Anne. Many thanks for your thoughtful comment. I’m pleased that you like the photos of Herons at the waterfalls. In a way, fishing for dinner that has been swept over the falls is like the proverbial shooting fish in a barrel. Best, Babsje
😊 I love your Wide Open Walls, Anne!
Oh, Babsje, these are fantastic shots… well, as always! Happy Sunday! xoxo
Hi Marina. I’m so happy you like these Herons! Many thanks for your lovely compliment. Happy Sunday to you, too. 😊 ❤ Best, Babaje6
I love them! 🙏
…and a happy week ahead! 🌻
❤ I am so happy to hear that Marina. Enjoy your week as well, thanks. Best, Babsje
Thank you. I wish you the same. 🙏 ❤ 🙏
Hi Marina. WordPress lost your latest comment before I had a chance to reply. Sorry about that. Happy Monday. 🌻
🌻🌟🌻…and Tuesday! 😉
Big smiles, thank you! 🌼 🌷 🌼 🌞 🌟
Happy Tuesday 🌞 🌙 🌟
Thank you, my dear Babsje! xoxo
You’re welcome, my pleasure Marina. This has been fun and I am enjoying your blog plus anmar, too. Enjoy your week. 😊
Likewise! You are very kind! Thank you so much and I appreciate all your visits and smiles! Sending many smiles to you.
The feeling is mutual. Be well! 🌼 ❤ 😊
You too! 🙏🌷🤗
Marina I am BLOWN AWAY by the video you posted on anmar today. https://wp.me/pcKlze-19l The topic, the art, the editing. It is all brilliant! 💕
Awww….. thank you so much, my dear Babsje! It means so much to me! xoxoxoxo
Truly it is a wonderful look at your paintings. I adore the As Above So Below splash screen graphic and tour upside down trees are magical. xoxoxo
I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear that! ❤️💖🙏💖❤️
I can feel your happiness shining through your words. 🌞 🌙 🌟 🙏
Amazing photos – I had no idea Great Blue Herons were so brave and determined.
Hi Agnes. Many thanks for your kind words. That’s a good way of describing them – determined. I think that fishing the base of a waterfall must be easier than just along the shore because so many fish are swept over the top of the falls. Easy pickings for any lucky Herons. Best, Babsje
Totally why expend energy unnecessarily.
Exactly! You’re right! Best, Babsje
Good evening! Thanks so much for your lovely compliment. I’m glad you like the Herons and waterfalls. They’re some of my favorite places to spend time. I wish the photos could convey the sounds and mists near the falls. Best, Babsje
Beautiful waterfall and herons, Babsje. I’m so glad you didn’t join them. That is something that is surprisingly easy to do because the lens draws you forward!
Hi Jane. Thanks so much for your kind compliment and observation. You’re right – the lens does draw us deeper into the scene and it is so easy to simply not see anything in the periphery . I’m sure you have your own close call stories! Best, Babsje
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