Archive for the ‘Heron’ Tag

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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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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Heron Stalking at Sunset   4 comments

This heron was stalking his prey during a beautiful sunset in our local marina:

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Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
ISO 100
f/7.1
1/400 sec

Herons on the prowl   Leave a comment

Several herons (or egrets) made the marsh near our town beach their hunting ground today. What graceful creatures – and perfect for photographers since they tend to stand very still as they wait for unsuspecting fish to appear at their feet.

this one took off as soon as I got closer than 100 feet.

Soaring towards another feeding spot:

All shots taken with Canon EOS 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L
ISO 250
f/9
1/2000 sec

Posted May 28, 2012 by Lutz Braum in Animals

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