Beautiful Great Blue Herons on Exhibit (Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 20)

Great Blue Heron Camouflaged - babsjeheron © Babsje (

Great Blue Heron Camouflaged – babsjeheron

It was the golden hour, that last hour of daylight when the sun’s rays bathed the cove in gold. It was so close to twilight that the Heron’s body was nearly camouflaged against the slate-grey rocks. The only movement was a slight tilt to her head, first to the left, and then an almost imperceptible extending of her neck, up up higher higher until she was staring straight down into the lake. Whoosh, as her arrow beak pierced the surface, and her body lunged fully beneath the water, energy exploding water droplets everywhere. This was the scene only moments before the Great Blue Heron flew off with the prize catch – the enormous Pike clenched in her bill that you can see in the top right-hand photo on my blog.

The patron in the Audubon gallery had browsed through the collection of my Great Blue Heron photos on the walls, but she kept returning to the one you see above.

Finally, she came over to me and asked why I had included one without any Herons.

We walked over to the wall together and I pointed out the Heron, it’s back perfectly camouflaged against the rocks.

Had I cropped out the tell-tale burst of water drops that were flung upwards as the Heron thrust her head beneath the surface, the camouflage effect would be even more apparent. If you cover that burst of water in the photo with your hand, you can see how the Heron’s back blends in with the rocks.

Once again, the Great Blue Heron diving beneath the water’s surface is gracing gallery walls.

TCAN One-Woman Show January 2022 Lobby Wall With TCAN Reflection © 2022 Babsje (

TCAN One-Woman Show January 2022 Lobby Wall With TCAN Sign Reflected; TCAN Stained glass art by Carol Krentzman, framed by Jay Ball

TCAN One-Woman Show January 2022 Front Lobby Trio © 2022 Babsje (

TCAN One-Woman Show January 2022 Front Lobby Trio

From January 12, 2022, ongoing, my Great Blue Heron photographs are 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.

Since 2001, the Center for Arts Natick has been housed in the circa 1875 historic Central Fire House, where the Summer Street Gallery provides an opportunity for accomplished visual artists in the region to have their work prominently displayed for TCAN’s diverse and loyal audience.

The Center for Arts Natick believes the arts are essential to a complete human experience and to the creation of a vibrant, healthy community. TCAN serves the Boston MetroWest region by increasing opportunities to experience, participate in, and learn about the arts. To this end, TCAN strives to present arts programs of the highest standard that are available to everyone. TCAN dedicates its resources to providing community access to diverse arts programs, reducing barriers to attendance, and building appreciation through arts education.

If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. As always, many of the photos were taken on the waterways of the Charles River watershed.

The gallery is open whenever the box office is open, so please check hours here.

And who knows, maybe I’ll see you there one day.

I’d like that.


Cee Neuner, Debhie Smyth, and the community of Lens Artists encourage the entire international network 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 “Interesting Objects.” The stained glass TCAN lobby art is an interesting object and it adds visual impact when the reflection appears superimposed on the photo of the Great Blue Heron diving beneath the surface.

Thanks to Cee for her CBWC: Black and White Birds. Many of the Heron photos are monochromatic.
Thanks to Debbie for her One Word Sunday: Action. The image of the Great Blue Heron diving beneath the surface is a dramatic action shot.
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 182: Interesting Objects .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 182: Interesting Objects .
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 182: Interesting Objects .

From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 182: Interesting Objects .



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.

TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick – Current one-woman show thru January 2022
Natick Town Hall – Current group exhibit thru June 2022
Five Crows Gallery in Natick – Represented since 2013
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™

© 2003-2022 Babsje. (

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

Posted on January 18, 2022, in # Lens-Artists, ardea herodias, Art, Birds, Mindfulness, Monochrome Monday, Nature, Photography, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. Congratulations for the displays of your beautiful photos, Babsje! Thank you for sharing with us.
    The first image is incredibly beautiful. The GBH and water splish, wow…

  2. An exhibit! How excited and proud you must be. That heron does look like just another gray rock.

    • Thanks so much! Yes, she does blend in very well against those rocks, I was surprised the photo emphasized how camouflaged her coloring looks. “Blue” Heron feathers are not actually blue in color, as this image shows. I’m glad you like this one. Thanks!

  3. Congratulations on having your art of the Blue Herons displayed! Your photography takes patience and dedication, and deserves to be rewarded.

    • Hi Anne. Thanks so much for your generous comment. I’ve learned a lot about patience from the Herons while sitting out on the lake with them over the years. It’s a great use of time. Thanks. Best, Babsje

  4. Love the description of the Blue wrestling with that huge Pike Babsje!
    Truely a moment to savour!

    • Hi Wayne. Many thanks for saying that! It was indeed an intense moment watching as it unfolded and seeing that slash of back-lit water after downloading the photo was one of those jaw-dropping experiences. Thanks. Best, Babsje

      • and congratulations about your showing! If Blue Herons knew, they’d be lining up out front! I can hear them saying something like “OH look,that’s Bob over there and I see Mable is biting off more then she can chew as per usual”!

  5. Excellent. I knew you would make a splash somehow. 😉

  6. Congratulations on your exhibit. The heron in your featured photo is well camouflaged! Wish I could pop out east to see all the photos. I was wondering if you know photographer and musician Trent? He has a post on herons today,
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

    • Many thanks, Rebecca, for your thoughtful comment! I’m glad you like the camouflage effect in that photo. I know you can’t see the photos in person because of geography, but you can click on the link near the bottom of the post to “be a fly on the wall” and that opens a page showing many of the photos on the gallery walls. I don’t know Trent, but thanks for telling me. Best, Babsje

  7. Congratulations on your shows, Babsje. Well deserved and that camouflaged heron is a winner! Wishing you success and inspiration in 2022!

    • Hi Jane. Many thanks for the kind congrats and compliment on the camouflaged Heron against rocks photo. The late afternoon sunlight gets all the credit for that image. Glad you like it. Thanks. Best, Babsje

  8. Excellent, Babsje. Congratulations on the exhibit. I’m glad you highlighted a local cultural association, too.

  9. Congratulations on your exhibition, Babsje! Well deserved for wonderful photos and dedication!

  10. I had to look very hard too! What a fantastic photo, Babsje! It’s totally beautiful.

    • Hi Jo – thank you very much for your kind compliment about that photo. It was a lucky shot. Right place at the right time and the Heron happily caught her lunch. Win-win. Thanks. Best, Babsje

  11. That’s a great story about the gallery visitor and wasn’t it terrific that you happened to be there? I’m sure you opened her eyes. That’s one cool photograph! Have a great week, Babsje.

    • Thanks so much, I’m pleased that you like that story. It took place during my Artist’s Opening Reception at that Audubon Sanctuary, which was fun despite my very shy nature. I prefer to be a fly on the wall, blending in with people just like I’m one of the other visitors so I can candidly see what pieces draw viewer’s attention. It was great that she asked me why there weren’t any Herons in that image, though. Glad you like it, too. Best, Babsje

  12. Best of luck with this year’s show Babsje. Hopefully people are coming out once again. Appreciate your joining us on this one!

    • Hi Tina. Thank you very much for your kind wishes and encouragement. The arts center is showing West Side Story now and so people are making an effort to enjoy the fantastic movie theatre upstairs at TCAN, and some excellent musical performances, too. Their t-shirt is emblazoned with the motto: Small Space | BIG EXPERIENCE. Thanks again. Best, Babsje

  13. The heron hid herself well, but that is by design. She can fish undisturbed. Hope your show is going well. I talked with a gallery owner about doing a showing, but her gallery caters abstract art and photo work. I might need to study abstract post-processing a little more.

    O/T: I hope you found the links on the Kyle posts in reply to your comment. In December, a post will be written on her 21. Unfortunately, I have a very limited number of photos of Kyle. I thought I would have a lifetime of photos, like those I have of Deborah and Elizabeth.

    • Hi David, thanks so much. You’re right about her camouflage enabling undisturbed fishing. Thanks for the links – a quirk of the WP mobile app is that links embedded in comments don’t seem to be clickable, so I need to follow-up when on a real computer. Glad you reached out to the gallery there! I think some of your excellent action images of horses from a few years ago could be reinterpreted in an abstract light. The ones without people in the frames – although your captures of the girls at events or even practices are excellent, just not abstract art. Thanks again. Best, Babsje

  14. Great pictures Babsje. How exciting to have this show, best of luck!

    • Many thanks, Sylvia, for your lovely compliment. Yes, I’m excited and pleased. My goal when showing the Great Blue Herons – either on gallery walls or online – is to share their beauty with the viewers. In the local community gallery exhibits, I want to make people aware of these magnificent creatures that live right here in our watershed. I hope I’m succeeding at that. Thanks again. Best, Babsje

  15. What a brilliant example of camouflage! And congratulations on your show

    • Hi Debbie. Thanks much for your kind compliment. I’m pleased that you like the camouflage effect. The Herons in the U.K. – Grey Herons – would similarly blend into the background. Best, Babsje

  16. What a dive!!! I guess he wanted to make a splash.
    Fantastic … 👍😊

  17. Such an amazing image – I love the mystery and the excitement of discovering the hidden! Congratulations on the gallery show – your images certainly deserve an appreciative audience.

    • Many thanks for your generous compliment, I’m happy to hear that you appreciate the Heron diving beneath the surface. That image appears just as it downloaded, straight out of the camera. Honestly, I was surprised myself to see how thoroughly camouflaged she was! Thanks again. Best, Babsje

  18. Congratulations on the show! I saw 2 blue herons a few weeks ago and thought of you. Unfortunately, I was driving and unable to take a picture. Next time!

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