Saturday, May 5, 2018

Photographing the Handsome Mr. Heron!

Just about every errand I run takes me past the library pond. I have to admit, I even go out of my way sometimes to drive by. It attracts so many birds and I carry my camera with me most of the time.

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I thought I would share my thoughts on photography today. Not deep thoughts….maybe more like observations.

I drove into a little parking area and walked straight to the pond and saw this beautiful Great Blue Heron.

He had his head pulled in and was in full view.

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(perfect for a May calendar, don’t you think?)

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Okay…one more photo from this spot.

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(he’s preening in this one)

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Now I’ve decided to walk down the sidewalk along the road to take a few more.

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I love all of the pond grasses!

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This one (my favorite) is before I get to a spot that opens up for a clear view.

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Now he’s seen me and decides to stand up straight! lol

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I back out to get a bit of an overview.

And when I get home and load my pics onto my computer, I’m surprised at how different they all look. They are all the same Heron, in the same spot, taken within 10 minutes of each other.

AMAZING!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

32 comments:

Lea said...

Beautiful photos!
Great Blue Herons are my favorite birds
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sandra said...

he sure is beautiful as in the view and all your photos

Susie said...

Diane, Those are great shots of the heron. Love how pretty the sky is in the first shot too. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Linda Walker said...

Wow Diane, I am always amazed at the wildlife you find! These are great photos! We have a bald eagle that visits my neighborhood every once in a while and I have never had my camera or phone with me to catch a photo. One day about a month ago, the eagle flew very close to our moving car. He looked right at me through the windshield! No camera and not enough time to get my phone out of my purse. I should learn from you and just always have it ready to point and shoot! Have a nice weekend Diane!
xx

Connie said...

These photos are wonderful, but I have to say that I worry about you. I do hope that you have a big zoom on your camera and that you are not trapping through that tall grass to get these photos. Girl friend, there are alligators in that grass around those freshwater ponds.
I hope you are being VERY careful.
Connie :)

podso said...

I love the different views, even found when you crop the same photo in different ways. Photography is fun!

Janey and Co. said...

Lucky you to have such a beautiful place nearby. Love your birds shots...Janey

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love great blue herons! You got some wonderful shots.

Terri D said...

Great photos of that beautiful heron!! You sure have a good eye for photography!

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful photos! What a nice pond to get to visit often.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful pics of the heron. He is just so interesting, I never tire of pics of the herons.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely nature photos! What a lovely place near by for you to take photos!

Happy Weekend to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Ricki Treleaven said...

These photos are great! I love your wildlife photos. They're a lot of fun!

happyone said...

Wonderful pictures of the Heron. How nice that you get to pass by often.

Angie said...

All terrific shots - my favorite is the one from the distance because it gives me an idea of where you are and the overall environment - I can see why you like to go there often!!! You are right that you can take some very different pictures just by changing the angle, etc. Creativity has its bountiful rewards!! I am glad to be back to blogging after my trip to Ohio!

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

Beautiful photos! I enjoyed hearing your thoughts about your photography as well.

Linda said...

Nice shots! I love these big herons!

BeachGypsy said...

Great pictures! Yes, when they are not standing straight, and are all hunched/scrunced up, they give me a crick in the neck just looking at them! ha ha LOL I'm like you, I carry my camera EVERYWHERE with me. The one time I leave it at home would surely be the one time I would miss that "one great picture", ha ha! Hope your weekend is going well. Pretty laid back here, no plans, we took a drive today and went thrift store shopping. I'm like you---I would've turned the butterfly the other way as well! (the one on the tree) Always glad you have stopped by....love to see your comments.

Anni said...

Super Diane! I love the herons!! Thanks for allowing us to join you from your link at I'd Rather B Birdin!

Betty Crow said...

Very nice shots of the heron. It sure does pay to have your camera with you. It seems like every time I leave home without it, I see something interesting. Happy Sunday!

Inger said...

That bird is posing for you!

Jeanie said...

I'm such a sucker for a heron -- and this is a beautiful one. Don't you love how they pose? Nice photos; they really capture him well.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Great capture of your lovely heron, Diane! I love photography and always delight when I can capture birds in nature. You certainly have wonderful spots to see a variety of birds! ♥

gypsyrose said...

I dont comment much but love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos the heron photos are great x

bill burke said...

Great shots of the heron, I love your different focus points.

Victoria said...

Wow, you got some really great photos of that heron!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

:)

Happy Monday to you

Pondside said...

They are truly beautiful creatures. My parents used to spend the winter in an apartment that overlooked a Heron Rookery (until a bald eagle came by day after day and destroyed it!). I used to love to watch the take-offs and landings!

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Que bonitas fotografías de la naturaleza!!

Lowcarb team member said...

You got some great shots here, well done.

All the best Jan

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like doing that too -- taking the same bird with different lens lengths and different angles. Your pics are great!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am glad you are carrying your camera. Awesome series on the GB Heron.
They are beautiful. I am sorry to be so late commenting. I just got home from our road trip and I am now trying to catch up on my commenting. Thanks so much for linking up your post. Have a happy day and weekend ahead.