A Heron Green Kind of Day

Every chance I get, I run with my camera to be with the birds.

It can be the worst of days, yet just being near them takes me away.

Away to a better place.

Like it was back in early June, on the day I met a very special heron out at Cockle Cove.

I was out on my walk, feeling kinda’ blue and misty-eyed about my Marmee kitty who hadn’t been feeling well.

Searching for Snowies in the marsh, I had just come up and over a dune and there he was


Standing like a statue along the edge of the channel at low tide in all his feathered splendor.

I immediately froze, then slowly readied the camera.

I knew he was aware of me, yet somehow he didn’t seem to mind.

Clearly his focus was on the shallow pools in front of him full of tiny minnows writhing and wriggling to find deeper, safer waters.


Just watching him through my lens, I got completely absorbed in what he was doing.

Drawn into his world, I felt like I could stay there forever.

I marveled at his beauty, his balanced movements that were at once slow and graceful yet pulsing with that charged tension known only to the wild ones.


Just then he gathered himself as if he was about to mobilize.

The reason became obvious when I heard people approaching the dunes with their dogs.


In a heartbeat, he was off!


But not before I got a chance to thank him for the pleasure of turning my not-so-good day…


From misty blue to heron green.  😉

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A Very “Great” Elegance

Sharing a very special visit with a Great Blue Heron that I met recently over at Cockle Cove one early morning.


He was fishing…


In the company of several charming Black Ducks paddling nearby.


The privilege of photographing these birds is an experience like no other for me.


Each time I visit with them holds a different kind of magic.

They can be so graceful, so elegant in their movement…


And even a bit whimsical at times!


I have them to thank for all the magic, and for allowing me to be in their presence.


And I do……   ❤ ❤ ❤

It’s Good to be Back

When I started this entry today I couldn’t believe it’s been over a month since I last blogged and I have really missed it!

When I get busy, I will often post my photos on my Facebook page, however these have not been making it to my blog!

So starting now I am going to try and blog first, then funnel everything over to Facebook.

In the meantime here is one of my very favorite images this fall.

I was out photographing at Ridgevale Beach, right around sunset.

And I kept hearing two Great Blue Herons “conversing” out in the marsh that’s near the beach.

Suddenly UP they both flew, one chasing the other.

Then, all went quiet.

After a time I spotted one of the Great Blues flying out over the water, against the pinkest sunset sky.

Here is that magical moment…


The Dance – Snowy Egret at Taylor Pond

As we look forward to seeing the SUN again today, I wanted to share a recent encounter with a Snowy Egret I saw at Taylor Pond at dusk.


It was a fairly gray evening at the pond, and I spotted him as soon as I parked.

Opening the car door slowly I could see him wading forward along the water’s edge; stirring up prey on the bottom and leaving bubbles in his wake.


He seemed to glow against a gray backdrop that was almost completely still except for his own shimmering reflection.

And bubbles.


The light was iffy, but I was so mesmerized by this elegant bird that I decided to take a few shots anyway.


I was rewarded almost immediately, for just then he suddenly dove head first into the water…


And pulled up something small and wriggling.


One quick gulp and whatever it was, was gone!


I’m so glad I’d taken the risk with the camera and captured the moment.

This moment, this dance between bird and water and reflection.


I hope you enjoyed it too!  😉

Stretching Out with the Great Blues

Love the great blues.

They have learned a thing or two.

Like the secret to a really…


Great…


Stretch.


Only yoga teachers you’ll ever need.  ❤

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