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Birds Just Wanna Get Cool (Not Art Nbr 27)

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Great Blue Heron on Float – babsjeheron

Come on in, the water’s fine!
(File this post under pure silliness…)

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Even the Great Blue Heron and Great Egret are looking for relief on this very hot summer day.

  © Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com) Egret pondering paddle boat. How many egrets will this boat hold?

Egret pondering paddle boat – babsjeheron

How many birds will this boat hold, anyway? I promised the whole gang a paddle boat excursion today.

Let’s see, there’s one of me, plus eight herons… Maybe we need two paddleboats!

Well, if that won’t work, we can always soak up some rays on the beach, and hey, look, the lifeguards are still on duty!

  © Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)  Egret just wants to have fun.

Egret just wants to have fun – babsjeheron

Guys, believe me, this is going to be a great afternoon.

Why look, there are picnic tables over there! Wanna see if they have any goodies for us?

What do you mean birds shouldn’t mooch people food?

The pigeons and seagulls do it all the time. Why not egrets and herons?

Guys? Guys?

Well, that’s the last time I agree to coordinate a meetup for you guys.
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Thanks to Cee for her CFFC: Nature Animals.

Thanks to Cee also for her CMMC: Eyes. The Great Egret is eyeing that paddleboat and beach picnic with great interest.
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This week’s Lens Artist challenge from the always inspiring and creative artists Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya, focuses on our Wonderful World. Check out the Lens Artists’ Shade and Shadows photos here:

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 153: Wonderful World .
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From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 153: Wonderful World .

From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 153: Wonderful World .

From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 153: Wonderful World .

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Folks, now that some areas are opening back up, please consider supporting your local Arts communities – whether music, theater, crafts, visual arts venues, and others. All have been impacted over the past year and they need your love.

My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.

2015 (May), 2016 (March and July), 2018 (May, June, July), 2019 (December), 2020 (January) several one-woman photography shows at TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
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2018 (September, October) one-woman photography show at Natick Town Hall
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2013 thru now 2021 Five Crows Gallery in Natick
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2009 one-woman photography show at a local Audubon Sanctuary
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From December 4 through January 28, 2020, my Great Blue Heron photographs were 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.

Many of the photos in the exhibit were 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.
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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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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2003-2021 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick
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Beautiful Great Egret and the MBTA

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

Egret flying above shimmery reflection like a puddle of moonlight – babsjeheron

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.     

— Leonardo da Vinci

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MBTA?? The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority MBTA, which runs our local commuter trains?

Nope, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act MBTA (as explained by Audubon) and the Migratory Bird Convention Act MBCA Canada
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Great Egret Channeling Isadora Duncan – babsjeheron

This is a politics-free space. You won’t hear me advancing any political agenda.

The Great Blue Herons and Egrets, on the other hand, want to remind everyone – regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof – to let your voice be heard where you can to make sure the precious birds and wildlife continue to receive the best protections from harm.

 © Babsje (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)   Going the distance? Egret ponders a winged migration alternative.

Egret ponders a winged migration alternative.

At the start of this post, I said it wasn’t about the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (which runs our local commuter trains). It looks like our Egret friend here thinks an Amtrak train might be ok for his migration?
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Thanks to Cee for her CFFC: Birds.
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Thanks to Debbie for her Six Word Saturday . This post title has the requisite six words!
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A recent Lens Artist challenge from Patti, Tina, Amy, and Leya, focuses on wild things. My post today implores us all to make sure our precious wildlife is getting the best possible protection. Without getting into politics, in the U.S., the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 has undergone several modifications over the century, and is presently under review by the Department of the Interior, with an eye to adjusting changes made by the previous administration. At question is whether ‘incidental’ harm to birds made in the course of industry or other activity is permissible. An example: is it acceptable under the law for an offshore windfarm on a migratory route to kill birds who impact the blades?

Check out the Lens Artists’ Let’s Get Wild photos here:

From Patti Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .
From Tina Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .
From Amy Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .
From Leya Lens Artists Weekly Photo Challenge 150: Let’s Get Wild .

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Folks, now that some areas are opening back up, please consider supporting your local Arts communities – whether music, theater, crafts, visual arts venues, and others. All have been impacted over the past year and they need your love.

My brick & mortar presence in Massachusetts dates back to 2009 in several local venues/galleries.

2015 (May), 2016 (March and July), 2018 (May, June, July), 2019 (December), 2020 (January) several one-woman photography shows at TCAN – The Center for Arts Natick
2018 (September, October) one-woman photography show at Natick Town Hall
2013 thru now 2021 Five Crows Gallery in Natick
2009 one-woman photography show at a local Audubon Sanctuary

From December 4 through January 28, 2020, my Great Blue Heron photographs were 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.

Many of the photos in the exhibit were 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.
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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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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

© 2003-2021 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)

Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, TCAN, Five Crows, Natick
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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

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.

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

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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.

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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)

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

Dinner and Photo Op are Served – Daily Prompt: Served, Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside, and Cee’s Color White

The egret skulked stealthily closer and closer, unseen by the fisherman on the shore until the last minute.

Egret lunging from the shore to catch a fish.

Egret lunging from the shore to catch a fish.

The fisherman and the egret stared at each other. Clearly, the fisherman was the more surprised of the two.

He didn’t miss a beat, though, following through on the cast he had just played out with a flick of his wrist.

Soundlessly, he reeled in a small fish, and as though guided by instinct, he unhooked it and tossed it back…

Back Into the waters directly in front of the egret, who lunged after it in an explosion of white, wings-akimbo, feathers flying.

Egret flips fish into her bill.

Egret flips fish inside her bill.

Nature presents us with scenes of exquisite beauty.

When it comes to wildlife photography, so many of those experiences are never caught with a camera. Wildlife is shy and fast and elusive and unpredictable. Weather conditions don’t always cooperate. Digital film cards fill up at inopportune moments. Lens caps left on the camera inadvertently cause missed shots. Sunlight can be too bright or too dim. Insensitive gawkers scare off the wild creatures. I could go on and on.

On this day, however, the universe conspired with the egret and fisherman and served up a tasty morsel for the egret, and an unexpected photo opportunity for me there along the shoreline.

It was thrilling to watch these two interacting, fishing man and fishing bird. How I wants to be fishing with them, fish fishing instead of camera fishing. How I wanted a fish, myself, to toss to the egret like the fisherman, who was practicing catch and release. How I wanted to know the feeling of the bird coming to me for a fish, the way Border Collie Rogue gambols up for a Milk Bone at the boathouse.

Just once.

But that would be wrong.

As the Wildlife Code of Ethics says, “Never feed or leave food (baiting) for wildlife. Habituation due to handouts can result in disease or even death of that animal and injury to you.”

Which brings me back around to catch and release fishing. I’m sure that for as long as man has been trying to catch fish throughout the millennia, opportunistic birds have been trying to get man’s leftovers. Is there ever a fishing trawler that pulls into port without a flock of birds trailing along after it’s stern? How about the gulls circling and lurking above the sea walls up and down our coasts where anglers try their luck? It’s not the fishermen’s fault – the birds are very smart.

There is a socialization between man and wild bird that has been taking place for eons, whether we’re aware of it or not, whether we like it or not. Speaking for myself, I’m not sure I like it. I am disheartened when I hear photographers talk about how tame the birds are in such-and-such a place and encourage others to come on down to see the tame birds up close.

There in the cove that day, I felt torn. While the photographer that I am was thrilled by the photo op served up, I felt heartbroken to see this magnificent egret so very tame. It wasn’t the fisherman’s fault – I’m sure that egret has been panhandling fish for a long time. The egret has been lucky so far, but the risk of being snagged by a wayward fishhook from a poorly-cast line is real. The risk of being entangled in fishing line is very real, as I blogged in The Taxi Driver’s Tale.

And so I love this gorgeous, graceful egret as an artist loves all of her models, but I can’t help thinking: wild birds needs to be just that to survive safely.

Wild.

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Thanks to Michelle W. and WordPress for both the Daily Prompt nudge and for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside prompt.

Thanks also to Cee Neuner and WordPress for the Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: White and Purple nudge.

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(This took place August 19, 2013)

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