Category Archives: Egret

Great Blue Heron Photos of the Year

Frequent visitors here know that my photos are a mixed bag in terms of genre – some have more artistic merit than others, and some are quirky and just for fun. Some are personal anecdotes of encounters in my kayak, and some the field notes of a naturalist. One thing they all have in common, though, is they’re wild creatures observed in nature along the waterways of Eastern Massachusetts.

Coming up on the horizon in a few months is my next one-woman photography show, comprised of 35 photos. For the most part in the past, pieces I’ve included in the galleries are different than the ones I post online, selections made in a vacuum, by myself.

As a new approach for 2015, I’m reaching out to readers here for your input, for your votes on which of the 2014 posts you like the most.

So, after the photos posted here, there’s a poll where you can let me know which are your favorites.

I do hope you participate, and I’m looking forward to seeing your responses.

Wishing peace, prosperity, and creativity to all in 2015!

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Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: New. Soliciting the opinions of others about which photos to include in the upcoming show is a new approach for me. Like many artists and writers, I’m often surprised by what resonates with people. Looking forward to being surprised by the poll results here!

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2015 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Great Blue Heron, Egret, Kayaking, Photography

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The Closest Inspection

Nature will bear the closest inspection.

Henry David Thoreau
The Natural History Essays

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View more Egret photos here.

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This week’s photo challenge is the texture of things. Thanks to Natalia and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to the kind folks at Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Egret, Great Egret

Goes Around, Comes Around

It was twenty ten years ago today…

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com) Great egret pauses by tunnel.

Great egret pauses by the round tunnel aperture.

In some unexpected and delightful alignment of the moon and the stars and the planets, both Ailsa and Sue have challenged bloggers this week with the same topic: Round.

This photo of the Egret standing near a round, corrugated metal pipe entrance, speaks for itself.

More subtle is a different sense of the word “round” – as in the way things can come around full circle. It was ten years ago today that I wrote my first great blue heron story. It is a piece that I’ve adopted as an informal “artist statement.” (If you haven’t read it before, please click here.)

And the herons? They’re a study of Patience and Grace.

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Thanks to Ailsa for her Weekly Travel Theme: Round.

Thanks to Sue Llewellyn for her Word a Week Photo Challenge: Round.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Egret, Kayaking

Favorite Photos Posted In 2013

Ailsa has challenged us to show “birds” this week, and Alex Wild has asked about our best nature photos posted in 2013, and so I’ve combined those topics in today’s post.

Frequent visitors to this blog know that most of my photos are taken from the waters on the Charles River watershed area, and the selections presented here today were all taken from the cockpit of my floating kayak.

Some have more scientific value than others, such as the squirrel swimming or the great blue heron using a twig as a tool. Some have more artistic merit than others, such as the egret flying above shimmering waters or the great blue heron camouflaged against the rocks. Some are quirky and just for fun, such as the green heron with erect cap feathers channeling Don King.

One thing they all have in common, though, is they’re wild creatures observed in nature, in her many moods. I hope you enjoy them!

After the photos, there’s a poll where you can let me know which are your favorites. I’ve never done a poll before and so I hope you participate.

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Great blue heron eye-to-eye with dragonfly.

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Squirrel swimming with a duck a few days after the hurricane.

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Great blue heron holding a huge plastic bag she pulled from the muck along the shore.

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Great blue heron molting.

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Great blue heron fledglings practice flying.

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Great blue heron lands a large fish – detail.

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Egret submerges her head to land a fish.

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Great blue heron reacts with erect cap feathers when dive-bombed by a hawk.

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Great blue heron fishing using a twig to attract the fish – sequence.

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Egret flying directly at the viewer.

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Green heron channeling Don King, alarmed by nearby fox, with raised cap feathers.

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Egret channeling Isadora Duncan.

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Egret Channeling John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever

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Great blue heron in molt preening.

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Great blue heron diving beneath the surface.

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Great blue heron carries prize feather like a dog carries a favorite bone.

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Great blue heron showing off a gorgeous wing.

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Great blue heron photobombed by a duck.

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Egret flying above subtle, shimmery reflection almost like a puddle of moonlight.

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Dragonfly teasing great blue heron.

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Thanks to Alex Wild for the Show us your best science nature photos prompt.

Thanks to Ailsa for her Where’s My Backpack: Birds challenge.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Egret, Dragonfly, Squirrel

Jaw-Dropping Wild Egret Fishes Next To Man for 2+ Hours

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Egret flips a fish prior to swallowing it.

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Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand prompt. She asked for jaw dropping, grand. The fisherman literally did a jaw-dropped double-take when joined by the egret, as did I. It was a grand experience in watching inter-species “trust” unfold.

Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

Thanks to Sue Llewellyn for her Word A Week Photography Challenge: Shadow challenge. The egret shadowed the fisherman for more than 2 hours that afternoon. It is not recommended to feed any wild animals, but this bird was obviously already versed in fishermen as food sources before that day.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(These photos were taken Asugust 19, 2013.)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Egret,Fishing

Studly Egret Channeling John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever

Yesterday, our egret was channeling Isadora Duncan.

Today? John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

White suit and all.

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What is this, an audition for Dancing With The Stars?

Whatever it is, file this post under silly humor.

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Thanks to Paula and WordPress for the Thursday’s Special Non-Challenge Challenge. (I hope silly humor is occasionally allowed, because this egret is definitely a special bird, not to mention quite the dancer, too.)

Thanks once again to Stewart Moncton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Fragrant. (Just out of frame to the left are a few blossoming bushes. I’m not sure if the egret can smell how fragrant they are – I certainly could from the kayak – but they attract dragonflies, which in turn attract the egret and herons.

Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This photo was taken August 19, 2013.)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Egret

Stunning Egret Channeling Isadora Duncan

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Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday prompt.

Thanks once again to Stewart Moncton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Fragrant. (Just out of frame to the left are a few blossoming bushes. I’m not sure if the egret can smell how fragrant they are – I certainly could from the kayak – but they attract dragonflies, which in turn attract the egret and herons.)

Thanks to Debbie of Travel with Intent for her Look Up, Look Down Challenge. (The spiraling hawks definitely made me look up, then down.)

Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This photo was taken August 19, 2013.)

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Egret

Breathtaking Egret Wing for Wordless Saturday

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Detail of egret wing showing translucent layers.

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Thanks to Sara Rosso and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers.

Thanks to the kind folks at NaBloPoMo for the National Blog Posting Month challenge this November.

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(This photo was taken August, 20, 2013)

A selection of my heron and flower photos are now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Egret, Great Egret

A Photo is Worth a Thousand Words – Daily Prompt: Celebrate Good Times

Egret flying. © Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Click photo to see the new Egret Photo Gallery.

Today, WordPress has asked us about celebrating good times. I don’t talk much about myself here, because it’s not about me, it’s about the herons.

That said, my daughter is deep in the process of med school interviews as we speak. In a few months, we’ll have a celebration-to-end-all-celebrations when she has decided on a school!

But, until then, let’s celebrate on a smaller scale: Egret now has her own photo gallery. As I’ve said in this blog before, enough about me. Join me in celebrating the beauty of Egret.

Click here and view the new Egret Photo Gallery today.

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Thanks to Michelle W. and WordPress for the Daily Prompt: Celebrate Good Times nudge. Speaking of celebrating, Michelle might be celebrating that I didn’t bundle this post to multiple ‘challenge prompts.’
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A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2014 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Egret, Photo Gallery

Down the Rabbit Hole – Ailsa’s Through Theme and Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns

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 in profile.

Egret in profile.

Egret looks into entrance of pipe.

Egret looks inside.

“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.

“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.

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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The weekly photo prompt is about patterns. There are many different types of patterns. There are visual patterns like those found in the great blue heron feathers I blogged about recently. There are musical patterns, where notes are grouped into chords and scales. There are also behavioral patterns, such as the egret’s curiosity about pipes. I have never seen an egret or heron that could resist looking into the opening of a pipe.

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Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns nudge and to Aisla for her Travel Theme: Through prompt.

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(This took place during August and September, 2013)

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