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The Great Blue Herons’ Favorite Cove

The artist’s job is to get the audience to care about your obsessions.

Martin Scorsese

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

Great blue heron in the cove, foraging.

Many of my photos are taken from the waters of the Charles River Watershed area. Moments of absolute stillness and peace are to be found there on the water. Sometimes there’s a touch of quirky humor in captures just for fun. Sometimes the photos I take are capital A art, other times merely nature photos from the field.

Whatever the case, there’s always the love and concern for the herons I’ve come to know over the years.

The six photos today were all taken in the same secluded cove over the years. Any favorite cove of the Great Blue Herons is a special spot for me.


This photo is a variation of an earlier theme of mine: Great Blue Herons with Pickerel Weed. For two days in a row, I witnessed this beautiful Great Blue Heron at the far end of the cove. He preened, and slept, and preened and slept some more, for hours both days. Click here for Beautiful Great Blue Heron Sweetly Preens.
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You may think the Heron in this photo is the same Heron shown directly above, but you would be mistaken. The location in the cove is the same, but the photos were taken 10 days apart, and the Herons are different, they are a mated pair. It is fascinating to watch the pair jockey for position on that half-submerged tree: the male lays territorial claim there, and chases the female away.
Click here for Beautiful Great Blue Heron Sticks the Landing Nbr 2.
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This Great Blue Heron is in the habit of following the sunlight as it moves across the cove, much the way a cat will seek out puddles of sun indoors. Click here for Great Blue Heron in Autumn Nbr 2.
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One spring, before the Pickerel Weed in the foreground and the yellow flowers sprouted up, a pair of Mute Swans built a large nest on this patch of shoreline. Once their cygnets fledged and the nest abandoned, nature and Herons reclaimed the shore, leaving no trace. Click here for Beautiful Great Blue Heron Along the Shore.


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This photo is one of the ones that got me started photographing Great Blue Herons from the water. Click here for Wings Akimbo.
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From December 4 through January 25, 2020, 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.

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 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.

Thanks to Cee for her soon-to-come On the Hunt for Joy Challenge. The Herons, themselves, are an embodiment of joy.

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Debbie’s Six Word Saturday’s prompt asks for posts with six words in the title Rudolph Takes a Rest . Following the rules for a change, this post has exactly six words in the title.

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Again, thanks and kudos to the inspiring Lens Artists – Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya – for their continuing devotion to elevating and celebrating photography.
From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 77: Favorite Photos.
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 78: Special Spot.
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 78: Special Spot.
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 78: Special Spot.

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Thanks to Erica V and WordPress for the recent WPC: Place in the World. My favorite place is where the Herons are, of course it is. And the Herons? Their place is near the water, but also on the gallery walls and my blog. How else can I share them with you?

Thanks also to Ben H and WordPress for their WPC Challenge: Liquid. The Herons are drawn to water, as am I.
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During September and October, 2018, the Great Blue Herons were featured on the walls of the Natick Town Hall, located at 13 East Central Street in Natick, MA.
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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2020 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick, Wayland
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Beautiful Great Blue Heron on Bough

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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

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Head-Shot

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Great blue heron head-shot in the cove.


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For the month of March 2016, 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. TCAN is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

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, Kayaking, The Center for Arts Natick

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Along the Shore

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

Great Blue Heron Along the Shore Nbr 2 – babsjeheron

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For the month of March 2016, 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. TCAN is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

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, Kayaking, The Center for Arts Natick

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Takes Advantage of Gravity

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

Great Blue Heron and Waterfall

Sunlight streams on the river stones.
From high above, the river steadily plunges–

three thousand feet of sparkling water–
the Milky Way pouring down from heaven.

Waterfall at Lu-shan
by Li Po

From Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese by Sam Hamill

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Thanks to Ben H and WordPress for hosting the Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless. It’s not just water that cascades over the lip of this dam on the Charles River – the tug of gravity pulls with it hapless fish destined to become dinner for an eagle-eyed Great Blue Heron.
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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

Circle of Great Blue Heron Life

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Fledgling Great Blue Heron on Log at Dam – babsjeheron

The log teetered at the brink of the falling water, and I quickly positioned the camera to capture the moment it began the inevitable cascade over the brink.

A shadow suddenly passed overhead in the morning drizzle, outside the range of my lens, and I looked up too late to see what it was.

Only when peering through the eyepiece once again was the mystery solved: a fledgling Great Blue Heron was now perched atop the precarious log.

It was the same Great Blue fledgling seen in that area weeks earlier.

My heart sang to see him so healthy and strong.

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Thanks to Cheri and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle. 2015 was a slow year for Great Blue Heron fledglings in the area. As of November, I had observed only two that had successfully fledged. The fledgling in today’s photo is the first observed, and I like the idea of starting this new year with a new Heron. The circle of Heron life continues.
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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, Fledgling

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