Beautiful Great Blue Heron Wishes Peace on Earth (Not Art Nbr 31)

Great Blue Heron Greetings 2021 - babsjeheron © 2021 Babsje (

Great Blue Heron Greetings 2021 – babsjeheron

There is not only peacefulness, there is joy. And the joy, less deniable in its evidence than the peacefulness, is the confirmation of it. I sat one summer evening and watched a great blue heron make his descent from the top of the hill into the valley. He came down at a measured deliberate pace, stately as always, like a dignitary going down a stair. And then, at a point I judged to be midway over the river, without at all varying his wingbeat he did a backward turn in the air, a loop-the-loop. It could only have been a gesture of pure exuberance, of joy — a speaking of his sense of the evening, the day’s fulfillment, his descent homeward.

Wendell Berry
The Art of the Commonplace: Agrarian Essays by Wendell Berry

Tis the season for wishes of peace on earth, goodwill to all.

But wait. On second thought, why should those sentiments be extended only during the holiday season? I encourage peace on earth and goodwill to all for every season of the year.

May 2022 bring you peace, health, happiness, and joy to all.


Cee Neuner and the creative and inspiring Lens Artists Tina, Amy, Patti, and Leya all encourage the community of photographers and writers. Please click the links below to see the beautiful offerings from these wonderful photographers.

The focus for this week’s Lens Artist challenge hosted by Patti is “Serene.” I wish peace, joy, health, happiness and serenity to all in the coming new year.



Thanks to Cee for her Hunt for joy. I don’t know if this challenge is still on, but I really like the idea of searching for joy. This Heron has brought great joy.

From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 179: Serene .
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 179: Serene .

From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 179: Serene .

From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 179: Serene .


Natick Center Cultural District logo

Natick Center Cultural District logo

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.


The Natick Center Cultural District is situated in a friendly, classic New England town hosting a vibrant, contemporary fusion of art, culture and business. Learn more!


My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.

Please watch this space for news of my upcoming Winter 2022 gallery show for the month of January at TCAN.

TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
Natick Town Hall
Five Crows Gallery in Natick
Audubon Sanctuary

Be a fly on the wall! Please CLICK HERE to see the Great Blue Herons gracing the gallery walls.


Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

May the Muse be with you.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick

Posted on December 22, 2021, in # Lens-Artists, ardea herodias, Birds, Heron, Humor, Inspiration, Mindfulness, Nature, Photography, Wildlife Photography, Wordless Wednesday and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. I’ll go one step further and say….good will towards all living things on earth!……mosquitoes are exempt …of course!

  2. Wishing you much joy in your world, Babsje. Thanks for the kind wishes. A kinder world would be wonderful. Merry Christmas!

  3. Oh, Babsje, little guy got his Santa hoid on… how sweet!
    Peace, my dear friend and love!
    My best wishes to you and your loved ones (GBH included of course!)

  4. Wendell Berry is the best. His account of the heron’s joy reminds me of Annie Dillard’s account of her mockingbird. Here’s to a year filled with such occasions!

    • Many thanks for your lovely comment and the link to that Annie Dillard story of the mockingbird – truly moving. I’m glad you like the Wendell Berry – he is a national treasure. Wishing you and yours happy holidays and a 2022 with peace, joy, health and happiness. Best, Babsje

  5. You’ve shared so many beautiful images of herons! Thank you! Happy Holidays to you!

    • Hi Amy. Thanks for your lovely compliment. Seasons Greetings! Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Glad tidings for Festivus. And a wonderful New Year to you and yours. Best, Babsje

  6. May this season be filled with peace and joy with some wonderment thrown in for fun. 😀

  7. Peace, joy, and love to you, babsje, now and throughout the year.

  8. Ha! PERFECT!! Love it.

  9. What fun, Babsje! I love this! Happy new year, too!

  10. How wonderful that Santa hats come in heron size Babsje!!! Wishing you wonderful holidays and yes, peace on earth all year round. What a wonder that would be!

    • Hi Tina. Yes, very fortunate the milliner stocked those Heron size Santa Elf hats! Thank you very much for the warm wishes for this holiday season and all the year round. Wishing you and yours the best this season of peace and joy has to offer. Best, Babsje

  11. Thanks for the Wendell Berry quote, the photo and the thoughts of goodwill. Peace on earth to you too! : )

  12. I love Wendell Berry – always so inspirational and compelling. A heron on the lake brought peace to my heart after we lost our Angel, and a little bit of joy began sparking in us. I wish you the loveliest of holidays and a bright new year.

    • Thank you! I’m happy to hear that a Heron has brought you some peace and sparked some joy. I’m sure this holiday season has been poignant for you without your beloved Angel this year. And I’m pleased to hear that you love Wendell Berry. He is a national treasure. Wishing you and yours a peaceful, gentle, safe holiday season and may 2022 be an improvement over 21, with only good things. Best, Babsje

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