11.24.2019 Summer Warmth

Not a lot has fallen, but we are getting our first snow today. The hills west of here have seen snow already but it’s a first here. The temperature is hovering around 32°F so it’s wet and light enough so it isn’t really accumulating.  Just a frosting that will melt quickly. Later it will all be rain and the prediction is for 1-2 inches. Nothing new to share this morning so I am posting this Great Blue Heron from a September day when it was just a little bit warmer.

It’ll be back in the 40°s and maybe even a 50° or two as the week progresses but the herons and their friends are gone until next spring.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 11.24.2019 Summer Warmth

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    Love the light in this – and the way it reminds me of summer! (It’s really grey here today.)

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  2. shoreacres says:

    His position on the point of land made for an especially pleasing image for you, and good fishing for him. I often see great blue herons (and egrets) at the various culverts that are part of the drainage system at the refuges. There must be something about the flowing current that attracts prey, or makes it more accessible. The variety of plant life on that point is interesting, too.

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    • I’ve seen the two herons we see here and egrets often perched on a snag watching for prey and sometimes on a point or tiny island also. Most of the time I just see them preening but occasionally snagging a fish or frog. I don’t think there have been as many as in the past due to the low water at this swamp. One would think that would make it easier to catch prey but I think maybe the water is less clean and the prey may be fewer in number.


  3. Your anticipatory, not-yet-tied-to-a-noun words “Not a lot has fallen” led my morning mind to think of all the ancient empires that have fallen.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Sweet portrait and I love the way the golden grasses frame the heron. Nice!

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    I do love herons, always a joy to see them. This one stands out very nicely from the background and the photo does a great job showing the heron in its environment. They are a welcome sight each year.

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    • I was happy to get to spend a few minutes with this Great Blue. A few weeks ago I had the same opportunity in this same location with a Great Egret. I don’t photograph birds all that often but do enjoy the waders. Thanks, Todd.


  6. A very nice shot and the setting is perfect. The herons always remind me of some of the current politicians- steely eyes and pointed beak and a quick jab, as they mumble something about the swamp needing to be drained.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Such a lovely pose and attitude, and the surroundings are perfect. Our herons stay all year. We have freezing weather in the forecast this week too. The difference is that the real cold never lasts long. There’s quite a lot of salt water around anyway – even though we’re far from the ocean. I enjoy seeing these herons – they’ve been favorites most of my life. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, Steve!

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    • Snow lasts here for a while but I remember that when my folks moved to Cape Cod they would get a large snow storm and the salt air melted it almost overnight. For years herons were about the only bird I could photograph without a huge investment in glass so I developed a fondness for them also. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Lynn. It’ll be a quiet one for us, just Mary Beth, her sister, and me…and, of course, Bentley. 🙂


      • bluebrightly says:

        🙂 That’s one reason to love herons!! But I’m sure it’s more than that. To me, they occupy a certain kind of space – they are frequent companions, popping up along a highway, in a marsh, overhead, all over the place really. You can often get pretty close to them. But there’s something remote and untouchable there, too. A chickadee, a robin or a Mallard, for example, is a whole other animal, also a companion but more knowable. Both are good, and both kinds of Thanksgivings are, too. We’ll be quietly at home as well, hoping my son will make it up here but things can change at the last minute with him, so we’ll see. 🙂


      • I find them both tolerant and skittish. I think it’s all a question of closeness and approach. Sometimes the least hint of my presence sends them flying but at other times I can get reasonably close and watch one preen or fish for long periods. They are beautiful birds and I love capturing one with its feathers all neat and well-defined. When I was a child I read “David and the Phoenix” and, for some reason, a Great Blue Heron reminds me of that story. I think maybe it’s a dignified presence they display at times.
        I hope you have your son home for Thanksgiving, Lynn. Having a family together is so nice and something I appreciate more as mine grows smaller.


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