Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A Blue Heron Sort of Day

On this last day of June, I will share some pictures that brought a smile to my face. For years I have wished for some good photos of a Great Blue Heron. On May 11, 2021 my wish came true. Of course there are many photos out there which are much better than mine, but I am happy with these.

These are two different birds in two different locations, but all near the Pembina Valley.

A stop at the Kaleida Marsh, at first was disappointing ,but driving down the road a little further, gave me the next two shots. Well, actually I got many more but will only show these two today.



This bird seems to be all neck and wings. Not much of a body.


A leisurely drive through the valley, resulted in another fairly cooperative Heron.
This fella was intent on fishing, and paid no attention to me.


Once again, I got many pictures, but will only show a few.
After several attempts at catching supper, he decided to relocate .


The evening light was a bonus on these shots.


My camera kept on clicking and I am pretty sure I was smiling through it all.


Yes, these are slightly cropped, but still pleasing to me.


On another note, as of June 30, 2021, I have been officially retired for one year.
I have not regretted that decision for one single minute.
Retirement suits me just fine.
To God be the Glory!

 

25 comments:

happyone said...

Fantastic shots of the heron.
Congratulations on your first year of retirement. :)

Ginny Hartzler said...

Your header is very dramatic! I have taken many good Blue Heron shots. But have never been able to get one in flight, much harder! So yours are wonderful!

Veronica Lee said...

Love the fabulous shots of the heron!

Happy Thursday!

Hootin' Anni said...

Beautiful,Ruth!!! You did great with the flight images. And their feeding ritual is always fun to see.

Ya, retirement is great.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

I love your Great Blue Heron photos...you are able to capture good action photos with your camera. I can never seem to get them in flight with mine. They move too quickly for my camera to get them. Thank you for sharing these with us. Yes, we both were enjoying the Great Blue Heron yesterday! Isn't that cool? And I know what you mean about retirement. I've been retired now since Nov. 2015, and I've never regretted it for a second. God is good!! All the time, God is Good! Amen.

MadSnapper said...

Happy First Anniversary of your retirment, my 15th anniversary of retirement is Sept 26 and I have never for one second regretted it. so happy you are enjoing yours and that you found your Heron's. My fav is the up lifted wings lifting off in the one above the evening light words

Marie Smith said...

Beautiful shots! They are gorgeous creatures!

Happy anniversary! Wishing you many more years of retired happiness.

Debbie said...

oh wow, i have missed your beautiful images and i have surely missed seeing the herons!! the light is gorgeous in these!!

happy anniversary retirement...i knew you would love it!!!

George said...

I'm glad you are enjoying retirement -- I certainly enjoyed these pictures of the herons. Your caption about the bird with 'not much of a body" was spot on. I think you got some great pictures of the heron taking off.

Robin said...

Ruth, gorgeous Heron shots! I always like to see the Herons! They seem a little prehistoric to me!

Barb said...

I knew you would love retirement, Ruth! Those flight photos of the herons are wonderful. I love the light on the wings in the first two.

William Kendall said...

I've only seen one since winter, but they are around. I have a great fondness for them.

photowannabe said...

A whole year already? My, where does the time go?
Retirement becomes you.
these photos are wonderful. The Heron is so majestic in his flight..those wings...wow.
Sue

Rose L said...

Great shots! I hope to get some shots like yours one day!

Lorrie said...

Beautiful shots of the heron, Ruth. They are one of my favourite birds to watch and photograph. Love the ones of the bird in flight.
I'm glad you are pleased with your retirement. It's another stage of life!

E.lizabeth said...

we made a point to go out kayaking twice this weekend. so glad we had the chance. we saw lots of herons ...we never get close to them ...but we really didn't get a chance ...they fly away i mean. i tend to be looking for fish ... saw a gorgeous about the size of my hand fish ...it was pretty clear waters ...that was fun. he was just looking around ... was shocked i had not scared him with my paddle?? have a great week. ( ;

Mary said...

These are lovely shots of it flying. I see them very regularly here, but I never get flight shots. They are such fascinating birds to watch when they are fishing. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them.

Laurel Wood said...

Congrats on your one year retirement anniversary. What lovely photos you captured. Have a nice week. Mildred

E.lizabeth said...

gosh, time has flown by. i saw your updates on your home .. instagram i guess it was? fun for chance ... even if small or big ... it is just entertaining. take care. ( ;

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your blue heron photos are amazing, Ruth! They are so magnificent to see!
Congratulations on one year retirement! It's a good feeling to be free from work obligations and stress. I love being retired.

Debbie said...

thanks for stopping by today, and showing me some love!!

forgetmenot said...

Ruth, Thank you for you nice comment on my blog. I don't blog anymore, but sometimes take time to download a few pics. Hope you are doing well and enjoying life. Your pics are always great. Mickie

forgetmenot said...

Ruth, Your bird pics and sunsets are beautiful. Mickie

Hootin' Anni said...

I guess you are on a blog break??

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, Your kind comment on my blog yesterday reminded me I need to see what's new on Ruth's Photo Blog. I am curious: As you get older do you find time going by faster and faster? :-) I sure do and when I looked at this post I see you posted it on the last day of June. Two weeks have gone by in a flash and I'm just now seeing this post. I am sorry for being so late to comment but I don't want to miss a single post on your blog. It makes me happy to see that you finally got a chance to photograph the Great Blue Heron. These are some very cool captures, and, cropped or not, I find them to be excellent. It also makes me smile to know that June 30 was your 1st anniversary of being retired. I am 100% with you on not regretting retirement. :-) And, you are so right, To God be the Glory! Wishing you happy days ahead, best regards from Seattle. John

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