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Favorite Photos Posted In 2013

Ailsa has challenged us to show “birds” this week, and Alex Wild has asked about our best nature photos posted in 2013, and so I’ve combined those topics in today’s post.

Frequent visitors to this blog know that most of my photos are taken from the waters on the Charles River watershed area, and the selections presented here today were all taken from the cockpit of my floating kayak.

Some have more scientific value than others, such as the squirrel swimming or the great blue heron using a twig as a tool. Some have more artistic merit than others, such as the egret flying above shimmering waters or the great blue heron camouflaged against the rocks. Some are quirky and just for fun, such as the green heron with erect cap feathers channeling Don King.

One thing they all have in common, though, is they’re wild creatures observed in nature, in her many moods. I hope you enjoy them!

After the photos, there’s a poll where you can let me know which are your favorites. I’ve never done a poll before and so I hope you participate.

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Great blue heron eye-to-eye with dragonfly.

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Squirrel swimming with a duck a few days after the hurricane.

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Great blue heron holding a huge plastic bag she pulled from the muck along the shore.

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Great blue heron molting.

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Great blue heron fledglings practice flying.

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Great blue heron lands a large fish – detail.

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Egret submerges her head to land a fish.

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Great blue heron reacts with erect cap feathers when dive-bombed by a hawk.

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Great blue heron fishing using a twig to attract the fish – sequence.

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Egret flying directly at the viewer.

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Green heron channeling Don King, alarmed by nearby fox, with raised cap feathers.

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Egret channeling Isadora Duncan.

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Egret Channeling John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever

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Great blue heron in molt preening.

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Great blue heron diving beneath the surface.

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Great blue heron carries prize feather like a dog carries a favorite bone.

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Great blue heron showing off a gorgeous wing.

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Great blue heron photobombed by a duck.

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

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Dragonfly teasing great blue heron.

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Thanks to Alex Wild for the Show us your best science nature photos prompt.

Thanks to Ailsa for her Where’s My Backpack: Birds challenge.

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

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Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

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Great Blue Heron, Egret, Dragonfly, Squirrel

Winter Reflection of Great Blue Heron Nesting Island for Wordless Saturday

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Reflection of nesting island. Upwards of 50 pairs of herons and cormorants have had nests here.

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Thanks to the kind folks who host Wordless Saturday.

Thanks to Ailsa for her Where’s My Backpack: Winter challenge.

Thanks to Sue for her A Word a Week Photo Challenge: Reflect.

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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™

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Great Blue Heron, Nesting Island

Great Blue Heron Like a Dog with a Bone

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Great blue heron carries prize feather like a dog carries a favorite bone.

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Thanks to Wordless Wednesday for the Wordless Wednesday challenge.

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

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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 July 25, 2011.)

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Great Blue Heron

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