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Blue Heron, Walking   8 comments

Came across this poem by Julie Bruck in a recent edition of the New Yorker, which matched the photos I took just the day before:

 

Not one of Mr. Balanchine’s soloists had feet this articulate,
the long bones explicitly spread, then retracted,
even more finely detailed than Leonardo’s plans for his flying machines.
And all this for a stroll, a secondary function,
not the greatdramatic spread and shadow of those pterodactyl wings.
This walking seems determined less by bird volition or
calculations of the small yellow eye
than by an accident of breeze, pushing the bird on a diagonal,
the great feet executing their tendus and lifts in the slowest of increments,
hesitation made exquisitely dimensional,
as if the feet thought themselves through each minute contribution to propulsion,
these outsized apprehenders of grasses and stone, snatchers of mouse and vole,
these mindless magnificents that any time now
will trail their risen bird like useless bits of leather.
Don’t show me your soul, Balanchine used to say, I want to see your foot.

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Posted September 18, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Nature

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I spy a few herons   1 comment

Spotted a few herons that, uncharacteristically, sat in a tree (do you see them in the first picture?) rather than stalking their prey in the muddy marsh below.

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Fortunately they stayed there until I got close enough to take these shots:

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Canon 7D, 200mm w/2x converter
ISO 400
f/5.6
1/500 sec

Posted September 10, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Landscapes, Nature

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A clap made visible   1 comment

Before…


And after…

iPhone, minor edits in Snapseed

Posted September 7, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Black&White, Nature

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Summer Sunset at Low Tide   8 comments

Took our dog Mario out for a walk during low tide about an hour after sunset – and we had the entire beach to ourselves!

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Canon 5d Mark II, 40mm 2.8 lens
ISO 3200
f/2.8
1/20 sec

Posted July 8, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Connecticut, Landscapes, Nature

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Nature’s Camouflage    Leave a comment

Can you spot the toad in the forest?


iPhone Hipstamatic 

Captiva Moment   2 comments

This heron joined us for watching the sunset at Captiva Island.

Heron at sunset

Posted April 16, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, US

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Church Mouse   3 comments

Actually I found this one in a barn in an abandoned mining town in Montana.

mouse under roof beams

Canon 7D, 15-85mm
ISO 2500
f/5.6
1/10 sec

Posted February 26, 2016 by Lutz Braum in Animals, Nature, US

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