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Pretty Great Blue Heron for Wildbird & Wordless Wednesday

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

Great blue heron in the cove.

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

Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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 10, 2012.)

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

Great Blue Heron

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Our Guest Heron Du Jour: It’s Easy Being Green (Green Heron, That Is)

The Green Heron skulked about on the shoreline, seeking out small frogs for dinner, oblivious to the fox sniffing around the dock not fifteen feet away. The heron’s cap feathers were fully erect as though it was alarmed, but it kept on rooting in the muck as though a nearby fox was an everyday happening.

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

Great Blue Heron and Green Heron posing.

I was mesmerized the first time I saw a Green Heron – by the heron, but also by the fox. I had seen neither of them before in the cove, and I didn’t know which to photograph, and so I alternated between them.

The fox seemed unaware of the green heron, and paid no heed to the mallard ducks paddling off the end of the dock. He was on the scent of something on land, not water.

The green heron poked and prodded in the muck at water’s edge, pulling out small frogs. Apart from erecting his cap feathers to make himself appear larger, less vulnerable to predators, he seemed oblivious to the fox not fifteen feet away and kept on poking the muck as though a nearby fox was normal.

There’s little that is green about it, and with erect cap feathers channelling Don King’s hair, the green heron looked like the Rodney Dangerfield of herons. I found it an amusing little bird, and watched intently, wondering exactly why it was called “green” and what made it a heron?

My question was answered in part when the preening green heron assumed the pose shown in the photo at top here. Brings to mind an odd sort of “separated at birth” comparison.

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

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: Pose.

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Short. (The Green Heron is so short, it’s hard to imagine it having much in common with the Great Blue Herons.)

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

And thanks also to Michelle for the Weekly Pet Challenge Roundup nudge.

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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)

Green Heron, Great Blue Heron

Stairway to Heavens & Comet Hale-Bopp

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

My daughter strikes a pose with Comet Hale-Bopp.

This week Ed asked us to share a photo of our favorite subject. It was a no-brainier: my daughter on the stairs leading up to the heavens and Comet Hale-Bopp.

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Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Favorite prompt.

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: Pose.

Thanks to Ailsa for the Weekly Travel Theme: Short. (When this was taken, she was short, but now my daughter is as tall as I am. Kids have a way of doing that!)

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 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)

Comet Hale-Bopp

Beautiful Great Blue Heron Shyly Hides Her Eyes Under Layers of Feathers on Silent Sunday

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

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Thanks to CosmicGirlie for hosting Silent Sunday.

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

Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Blue prompt.

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

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(This photo was taken July 8, 2010)

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)

Great Blue Heron, Ardea Herodias

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

Thank You for the Blog of the Year Award

Great blue heron walking along the shore.

Great blue heron walking along the shore.

BOTY

I have been honored with the Blog of the Year Award by dear Petrel41 of the wonderfully eclectic blog Dear Kitty, where Petrel41 blogs on such diverse topics as animals, peace and war, science, social justice, women’s issues, arts, and more. Over time, I have come to appreciate the many informative and fascinating bird-related posts at Dear Kitty, such as this video about a green heron using bread to fish. Check it out.

In no meaningful order at all, here are the blogs I am nominating for this award. It’s impossible to list every worthy blog – there are so very many, too many to count – so if I have inadvertently omitted your blog, no slight is intended.

Prairie Birder

Texas Tweeties by Bob Zeller

Palm Rae Urban Potager

Photos Close to Home

Quiet Solo Pursuits

Leanne Cole Photography

Wind Against Current

Going Out is Really Going In

Goldbird Variations

Chronicles of a Public Transit User

Krahnpix

I See Beauty All Around by Rob Paine

Ilargia64

Rolling Harbour

Tish Farrell

The instructions for this award are simple:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

Yes – That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees! Best of luck to every one!

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

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

(This took place December 31, 2004)

The Tao of Feathers™

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

Blog of the Year, Great Blue Heron, NaBloPoMo

Walden Revisited: Thoreau and Contemplating Snow

The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory, and to do something without knowing how or why; in short, to draw a new circle. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. The way of life is wonderful: it is by abandonment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays: The First and Second Series

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

Henry David Thoreau contemplating snow in front of his cabin at Walden Pond.
Ralph Waldo Emerson owned the property on which Thoreau loved at Walden Pond.
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In an earlier blog entry, I mentioned a memorable New Year’s Eve spent in solitude at Walden Pond. (If you missed that post, please click here to view the photo.)

I wrote about that very special New Year’s Eve:

It was sublimely peaceful that New Year’s Eve at Walden Pond. I was alone save for a sculpted snowman watching over the shore.

The snowman and, of course, the statue of Henry David Thoreau next to his small cabin.

Someone earlier had placed a carved piece of snow in his hand, and it was amusing to see Thoreau staring at it intently, as if contemplating snow.

The setting sun cast wintry golden light through the trees on the far shore, reflecting the sky and horizon on the softly frozen water.

For Paula’s “Thursday’s Special,” I wanted to share my photo of Henry David Thoreau “contemplating snow.” It was New Year’s Eve and closing out the year at Walden was a deeply moving experience. Historical and symbolic meanings aside… Well, let me stop and take that back because those concepts can’t really be cast aside at Walden…

On top of the historical and symbolic aspects, and the peace, tranquility, and solitude at Walden that day, the statue of Thoreau contemplating snow made for a perfect light-hearted grace note.

This week, WordPress has tasked us with speaking about habits, hence the Emerson quote.

Whomever placed the block of snow in Thoreau’s hand “drew a new circle,” with enthusiasm.

One of my habits shows through the great blue heron photos: they are a passion, one I pursue with adandon and intensity. That’s a trait, a habit of mine, especially it comes to my enthusiasm with various subjects for photos. I have taken more than 100,000 heron photos. When Comet Hale-Bopp was visible here, I photographed it almost nightly for months until it vanished from our skies.

An old lover, when asked once by a mutual friend what I was up to, replied, “I don’t know, but whatever it is, she’s doing it intensely, passionately.”

Emerson got it right: “The way of life is wonderful: it is by abandonment.”

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Thanks to Paula and WordPress for the Thursday’s Special Non-Challenge Challenge.

Thanks to Michelle W and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit.

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.™

(This took place December 31, 2004)

The Tao of Feathers™

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

Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lovely Great Blue Heron with Lavender Flowers for Wordless Wednesday

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

Great blue heron with lovely lavender pickerel weed.

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Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Spread. (When stretching like this, the heron extends a leg outward and then spreads feathers and wing atop.)

Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Blue prompt.

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

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: Behind. (Boy am I behind on my Wednesday post for NaBloPoMo!)

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

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

(This took place August, 2013)

The Tao of Feathers™

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

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron’s Gorgeous Wing

© 2012-2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Detail of great blue heron fledgling wing.

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Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Spread. (What a huge wing spread he has!)

Thanks to Ed Prescott for the Sunday Stills: Blue prompt.

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

Thanks also to Sue for the Word a Week Challenge: Behind. (Boy am I behind on my Tuesday post for NaBloPoMo!)

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

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

(This took place September 2, 2012)

The Tao of Feathers™

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

Great Blue Heron

Macro Monday Magnolia

From Blossoms

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

~ Li-Young Lee ~
From Blossoms (excerpt)
Rose (New Poets of America)

© 2004-2013 Babsje. (Http://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Magnolia in B&W

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

Thanks once more to Ese for her Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Spread.

Thanks to Cee for her Black & White Challenge.

Thanks to Cee also for her Fun Foto Challenge. (There’s another subtle shadow for you, Cee.)

Thanks also to the kind folks at Macro Monday for the MacroMonday challenge.

Thanks as well to Laura who invited me to join I Heart Macro Week.

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

(This took place April, 2004)

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

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