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Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 12: Five Crows Brick & Mortar Features Great Blue Herons

In these days when anyone can set up an online shop to sell photography, I am proud to be represented by an honest-to-goodness brick & mortar gallery, Five Crows. Owned by a group of dynamic women artists – aka The Crows – the gallery is a true gem, showcasing the works of more than 150 local and regional artists, designers and artisans. Five Crows offers fine art photography, handmade jewelry, original paintings, scarves, stained glass, pottery and a slate of fascinating artist-taught classes. I’m honored to be one of the Featured Artists there this June and July, and to be in the company of the accomplished photographer Beth Hoffer.

Also, a quick thanks to the kind folks at Charles River Canoe & Kayak. Many of the Great Blue Heron photos shown here were taken from the seat of a CRCK kayak.

Maybe this should be filed under shameless self-promotion?

From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.
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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2017 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

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Beautiful Great Blue Heron + KonMari your Blogging Life

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

Great Blue Heron walking along the shore – babsjeheron.

It’s very easy to KonMari your online life. If you find a blog or site that Sparks Joy, subscribe and follow. If you find a blog or site that doesn’t? Well you know…

Off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen beautiful blogs I’ve been following that have gone dark the past year, for whatever reasons. One fabulous wildlife photographer said good-bye to his followers this past spring because his page views had dropped off. He wasn’t feeling the love, wasn’t getting the validation that he needed from the reading audience out there. When an outstanding, Freshly Pressed blogger says good-bye, it’s not only his personal sense of loss, it’s a loss to us all.

The media right now is full of so much controversy, strife, anguish, and turmoil, some of which is necessary and important, some of which not so much.

If you come across a blog that brings you beauty and joy, let the blogger know and subscribe – it’s usually one simple click and done. Or if you’re already a subscriber, share the joy and pass along the post to others.

We are what we eat.
Why not consume joy?
Babsje 2016

Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Rare. Above are ways to show appreciation to bloggers who bring beauty and joy to your screen – follow, share, comment, etc. There are other (fortunately) rare ways that are much less welcome. I’m talking about the professional media company that illegally copied a photo from my blog this summer, cropped out the copyright statement and published it in their newspaper. Fortunately, they weren’t able to remove the invisible, embedded watermark. I’m also talking about the fellow blogger who placed one of my photos on his blog without permission, but DigiMarc found it. I’m talking about the bloggers who liked a photo so much they posted derivative versions on their sites. Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Why not find your own voice – you don’t need to appropriate mine. If you copy someone’s work, that will not bring joy, in fact, it will bring the opposite. And when something brings not-joy, unfollowing happens quickly. Fortunately all of these are fairly rare happenings.
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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Beautiful Great Blue Heron on Bough

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

Great Blue Heron on Bough – babsjeheron

No two days at the lake are the same. In literally thousands of hours in the field, I have observed a Great Blue Heron on this pine bough only once before, nearly ten years ago. Over the years, I’d always scan that spot with binoculars in hopes of again seeing a heron there, but always in vain…

Until this week’s misty Saturday morning.

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

Great Blue Heron on Bough Nbr 2 – babsjeheron

Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Rare. The photo here captures only the second time I’ve ever seen a Heron perched on that bough. The first time, I wasn’t able to squeeze off a photo before the Heron took flight. So this photo is a first among my tens of thousands of Great Blue Heron photos. I hope it won’t be another ten years for the next sighting.
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From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 9: One-woman photography show at TCAN thru July 30

Life spreads itself across
the ceiling to make you think
you are penned in, but that
is just another gift. Life takes
what you thought you couldn’t live
without and gives you a heron instead.

On the Meaning of (excerpt)
Linda Back McKay

The Next Best Thing: Poems

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

Great Blue Fledgling Sticks His Landing

From July 1 through July 30, 2016, my Great Blue Heron photographs once again grace 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.

Now, 141 years after the Firehouse was first constructed in 1875, “TCAN: Arts Center for the Next Generation” is installing an intimate new venue on the second floor of the historic firehouse for concerts, movies, and events, with new professional gallery space for the visual arts. Information about the building upgrade and Kickstarter campaign can be found here.

If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. Many of the photos in the exhibit are being shown for the first time, and do not appear on the blog. As always, many of the photos were taken from the seat of my kayak on the lake.

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.

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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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Summer Street Gallery, Kayaking

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 8: Artist of the Month for a one-woman photography show at TCAN thru March 31

© 2016 Babsje All. rights reserved. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great blue heron in the cove, foraging.

From March 1 through March 31, 2016, I am the Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery in Natick, Massachusetts. My Great Blue Heron photographs grace the walls of the lobby and theater in a free one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick.

Housed in the circa 1875 historic Central Fire House, 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.

If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. Most of the photos in the exhibit are being shown for the first time, and do not appear on the blog.

As always, many of the photos were taken from the seat of my kayak on the lake, courtesy of the splendid outfitters Boating in Boston and Charles River Canoe & Kayak.

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.

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

A selection of my heron and flower photos is also 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™

© 2016 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Summer Street Gallery

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 7: One-woman photography show at TCAN thru May 31

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com) Great blue heron preening Columbus Day weekend.

Great blue heron preening.

From May 1 through May 31, 2015, my Great Blue Heron photographs grace 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.

Housed in the circa 1875 historic Central Fire House, 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.

If you’re in the Boston or Metro West area, please stop by to see the Great Blue Herons. Most of the photos in the exhibit are being shown for the first time, and do not appear on the blog. As always, most of the photos were taken from the seat of my kayak on the lake.

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.

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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™

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

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Summer Street Gallery

Each time I see the upside down Heron

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)  Great blue heron reflection.

Great blue heron reflection.

Our Great Blue Heron in affectionate homage to Shel Silverstein…

© Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com) Great blue heron with reflection.

Great blue heron with reflection.


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“Each time I see the Upside-Down Man 
Standing in the water, 
I look at him and start to laugh, 
Although I shouldn’t oughtter. 
For maybe in another world 
Another time 
Another town, 
Maybe HE is right side up 
And I am upside down.”

Shel Silverstein
Reflection

A Light in the Attic

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This week’s photo challenge is symmetry. Reflection is the most elemental form of symmetry. The photos here show a fledgling Great Blue Heron in relection. I find the reflection, with its sense of fluid movement, more visually interesting than the actual heron image, itself. Which do you prefer? Thanks to Cheri and WordPress for this topic.

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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 Blue Heron, Fledgling, Kayaking

Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 5: Art on a Snowy Day

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

Great blue heron walking along the shore.

Last weekend, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston to see the Goya Exhibit courtesy of tickets from my friend, Marge. While the Goya show was superb, the Monet, Gauguin, O’Keefe, and Matisse brought goosebumps as always.

What moved me most, though, was a visiting Klimt masterpiece, “Adam and Eve.” At the time of Klimt’s death, Eve’s hands had not yet been painted, with just the barest of outlines hinting at the apple she would have grasped. Left unfinished, the painting evoked a palpable poignancy – it seemed as though the artist had merely put down his brushes and stepped away for a few minutes, instead of for eternity.

The gallery was very crowded that day, with a 50 minute wait for people standing in line. As my friend Naomi remarked, “Whoever said the internet would replace art galleries and museums? Look at all these people.”

She’s right, you know. The vast array of art available online transforms where and how we experience art and artists. In retrospect, my own art history coursework back in the days of those boxed sets of prints feels meager in light of the riches available today at the click of a button.

And yet, there is nothing like standing in front of the actual piece of art, an arm’s length from a canvas and realizing the artist was also at one time the same arm’s length from the same canvas, but with brush in hand, bringing a vision to life. Looking closely at Eve’s unfinished arms from only a foot away brought the painting into a very human realm where I could almost see Klimt standing were I stood, calculating the placement and shape of the missing apple, the colors and brushes he would use.

I’m glad they left it unfinished instead of having an apprentice complete the piece.

It’s a snowy day here, where better to spend it than in a gallery?

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Special thanks to my friend Marge for the VIP tickets to the MFA!

Thanks to Krista and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself challenge. For a photographer who can’t paint her way out of a paper bag, as the expression goes, I’ve expressed a lot of my thinking around “paintings” in this post, and so the photo in this post is one of my more painterly photos.

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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, Klimt, Goya, MFA Boston

Also, feathers

Look, you might as well know, this thing
is going to take endless repair: rubber bands,
crazy glue, tapioca, the square of the hypotenuse.
Nineteenth century novels. Heartstrings, sunrise:
all of these are useful. Also, feathers.

Barbara Kingsolver
“Hope, An Owner’s Manual”
(excerpt)

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

Great Blue Heron Fledgling in profile – detail.


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This week’s photo challenge is converge. Viewed from this angle in profile, the way the Great Blue Heron’s wing feathers converge together is readily apparent, and do you see how whisper thin they are? Thanks to Ben Huberman 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)

Great Blue Heron, Fledgling, Kayaking

Wherein he sticks his landing

Life spreads itself across 
the ceiling to make you think 
you are penned in, but that 
is just another gift. Life takes 
what you thought you couldn’t live 
without and gives you a heron instead. 

On the Meaning of (excerpt)
Linda Back McKay

The Next Best Thing: Poems

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

Great Blue Heron fledgling sticks the landing.


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This week’s photo challenge is minimalist. In this one moment in time, the Great Blue Heron fledgling had but one simple task: to stick his landing on the rock. With intense focus, grasping feet, and supple wings, our fledgling nailed it. Gracefully. Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for this topic.

Thanks also to Leanne Cole and Laura Mackey for hosting the Monochrome Madness challenge. Visit Leanne and Laura’s challenge page to see other outstanding interpretations of monochromatic and B&W photography.
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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 Blue Heron, Fledgling, Kayaking

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