Three Herons

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We drove to Jamestown this weekend, and were quite delighted to spot more herons than usual along the way.  Their plumage blends quite subtly, this time of year, with the marshes they frequent; and so it takes a sharp eye, sometimes, to even notice them.

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Oftentimes we simply point them out to one another.  We don’t break the flow of our journey for a photo-stop.

And we are always pleased to see these most Zen-like birds.  Their calm and detachment belie a deep self-confidence, perhaps, that they will remain master of their circumstance.

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Where we find herons, we assume the water is fairly pure.  That is often said of rivers where Eagles nest.  They only live where the environment can support them in good health.

Eagles, herons, geese and ducks all make the James River and its James City County creeks their home.

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Sandy Bay, where all of this series of photos was taken. The distant bank, along the causeway to Jamestown Island, is where I stood to take the first several photos. An Osprey Eagle nest fils

Sandy Bay, where all of this series of photos was taken. The distant bank, along the causeway to Jamestown Island, is where I stood to take the first several photos. An Osprey Eagle nest fills the top of the Cypress tree on the far left.

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The herons remain alert.  They live in the moment, sensing all unfolding around them.  They always respond as I move closer to them with my clicking, flashing camera and not so light step.  And although they may wade further from shore, they rarely take flight at my approach.

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We admire these regal birds, and watch for them along the creeks and marshes near our home.

Finding them in abundance, as we did on Sunday afternoon, lends a certain luster to a late winter afternoon.

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Water

 

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Icy molten glass dances

And flows on windblown ripples;

Rising like liquid sky.

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Wetness, swirling in

Murky translucence, blurs

Borders of creek and land.

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Eternal mirror

Cloaking what lies beneath with

Life’s pageant of light.

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In response to Writing 201: Water Haiku

Woodland Gnome 2015

 

Tree Wisdom

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Free people, remember this maxim:

we may acquire liberty,

but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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You forget that the fruits belong to all

and that the land belongs to no one.

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

 

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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