Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blue Herons

It has been a long time since I have had the time, energy or ability to write in this blog.
I had spinal surgery in April and am still trudging the long road of recovery, but at least I am up and about and almost out of pain.
My recovery has been a challenge for Miss Lucy as I was unable to hold her leash for a long time which meant that I could not take her for a walk. She and I missed that a great deal.
Now that I am able to get out and do more I have started taking her to Deer Lake again and that means that I can also resume my passion for taking pictures.
Early Monday morning, despite the drizzle,  she and I headed down the hill to the lake and encountered a lovely Blue Heron perched on the map sign.
Just before my surgery I had spoken to a gentleman who walks here regularly and he had informed me that he counted over thirty Heron nests on the east side of the lake.  That is a lot for this little postage size lake, but have seen no real increase in the number of herons actually around the lake.

However, later in the day Fred and I went to the Stanley Park seawall for a walk as the day had begun to be sunny and warm. There we encountered an explosion of Blue herons. Everywhere you turned there were herons flying, feeding and sunning themselves.
 This picture told me why they are called BLUE herons and not Gray herons. If the sun hits them correctly they are the most beautiful shade of blue.
I am now hoping that the nests that my fellow walking friend saw are going to produce lots of babies that  I will be able to photograph almost in my back yard!

I took lots of photos that day and they can be seen  by clicking here Flickr to take you to my flickr page





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2 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear you have been laid up and in pain and hope that the road to recovery will soon reach its happy termination.

    Both pictures are lovely - congratulations.

    Herons are odd birds. In some ways they seem ungainly and yet they operate very efficiently. The other day we saw one (an ordinary British non-blue one!) fishing in the canal in Chester with people walking past only a few feet away.

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  2. what a beautiful creature? So glad you were able to capture them.

    I'm sorry about your surgery and hope you're feeling better. Spinal surgery sounds very serious. Good thing your four-legged friend can get you up and about!

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