Sunday, December 13, 2009

Birds and Birding- Great Blue Heron

“When despair for the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be -- I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” - Wendell Berry

When photographing Great Blue Herons it is difficult to get close because they start to get nervous.  This particular area is a favorite spot for blue herons and luckily I can drive up and if I stay still they will often approach close enough for me to capture some great bird photos.  Being patient and not intruding is key in photographing wild birds.

Humor for the day - There are four engineers traveling in a car; a mechanical engineer, a chemical engineer, an electrical engineer and a computer engineer. The car breaks down. “Sounds to me as if the pistons have seized. We’ll have to strip down the engine before we can get the car working again”, says the mechanical engineer. “Well”, says the chemical engineer, “it sounded to me as if the fuel might be contaminated. I think we should clear out the fuel system.” “I thought it might be a grounding problem”, says the electrical engineer, “or maybe a faulty plug lead.” They all turn to the computer engineer who has said nothing and say: “Well, what do you think?” “Ummm perhaps if we all get out of the car and get back in again?”


Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Great stuff! And a nice clear picture of the heron to go with it.

jam said...

Nice shot on the bird! Would you like exchange link with me?