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Who Needs a Time Machine?

1835 seems only a split-second ago.

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Great blue heron poised under railroad bridge.

There are moments on the water when time falls away. This dark and drizzly day was one.

The great blue heron and I had the lake to ourselves – no powerboats with big wakes disrupting the smooth glide of the kayak, no fisherman on the rock slab interfering with the heron’s fishing.

The railroad bridge and tunnel date to around 1835. The photo isn’t one from the local historical society, of course, but I like to think that it could have been.

I like to think of generation after generation of great blue herons, all fishing from that same spot by the tunnel.

Fishing before my time began, fishing after my time has ended.


Thanks to Shane Francescut and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-second Story.

Thanks to Paula for her new Black & White Sunday Non-Challenge.

Thanks to Cee for her Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 50 Years or Older.

Thanks to Leanne Cole for her Monochrome Madness Challenge.


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™

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Great Blue Heron, Kayaking

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