May 11, 2009

you should have been with me...

I was never told that in my forties I would fall in love with birds
not just any birds
but
big birds
birds that are beautiful 
and
make me laugh
birds that fly with grace all around me at the pond
while I walk gently with my camera
trying to be calm
birds that insist a game of tag or chase is what they like to do
and
somehow know that I will totally play along
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I'm not sure if there are different types of herons or not and it doesn't really make a difference to me at this point as I have decided to call these guys "the fun herons" as they make me laugh...
almost like they know exactly what they're doing
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23 comments:

  1. Hi Beth, the pics are beautiful. you got some beautiful shots. your lucky if this was just out for your walk...I saw 2 robins LOL.

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  2. Colleen in NHMay 11, 2009

    Hi Beth, your photos are breathtaking! We've had the herons come to our pond here in NH and they amaze me like something from another time...we are blessed with the Robins, Jays, Cardinals, Oriels, Purple & Gold Finches....grosbeaks and the Chickadees are nesting in my birdhouse using cat fluff to line their nest...just lovely!

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  3. I have them at my beach place. I love it when they walk around near me.

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  4. the herons we have here are more whiter (maybe different type?). i love their S shaped necks.

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  5. there are different types - hope you get to see a green one as they are a favorite for me. sounds like a beautiful time.

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  6. Oh how wonderful, beautiful and graceful these pictures are. You sure do know your way with your camera. Keep sending us these great shots. I simply adore them. I hope you're day will be filled with more laughter and fun.

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  7. regal birds, arent they! almost prehistoric when they fly...xo

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  8. Hi Beth,
    The pictures are fun! And, I truly believe God made all animals for our amazement. Just like a puppy makes us laugh, so does the herons. Or, at least, will make us smile.

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  9. We just never know where life will lead if we follow it with openness and curiosity. Just don't describe yourself as a birdbrain. :)

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  10. when I come visit you, I'd truly like to meet this flock!

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  11. And I'm so glad you fell in love with birds. Great captures.

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  12. Once again, your post almost echoes mine, but mine is about the tiniest bird. And I love the pictures of you girls, and you with no hood. Now how did you manage that? I can still hear my mom saying "put your hood on!"

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  13. Beth ... I am just in love with your artistic talents and sensitivity. The images you capture are always a delight and the words you attach always grab me. You know how sometimes we think that everyone has a "twin" in life? Not sure anyone would say that visually about us, but my spirit always feels as though you are mirroring my soul. I am in awe of your way of expressing life ... and a reminder that we all can choose to open up to seeing and feeling each day in a more meaningful way. Thank you.

    I am also taking Holly's advice to read the "back story" on blogs while she is away. Since I've read every one of hers, I have chosen to fill the extra minutes going back to see yours.

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  14. Well, birds of a feather, flock together, and you are definitely fun, Birdie!

    I am so happy they bring you bliss, Beth!!

    They need someone to capture the essence of their majestic existence. I am so glad that it's you, cause we get to see the pictures!!

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  15. Wow, these are awesome shots! They usually fly away from me before I can get this close. :)

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  16. I think if birds this size could talk... they'd have amazing laughs and an awesome sense of humor, don't you? They'd have to! Love that you're capturing all of this...you just don't see this in my suburban neighborhood!

    xoxox

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  17. i love the in flight take off shot! i got a couple of these in FL, but only the feet are showing. :)

    i need to be quicker with the camera!

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  18. I'm sure the Heron love having you around, Beth. Otherwise nobody would see their antics.

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  19. I know exactly what you mean about falling in love with the graceful big birds. Wonderful series of heron portraits. I love them too!!!

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  20. did you see yourself on s.s. today?

    you're a superstar! :)

    and you are at the top of the list—the way it should be. :)

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  21. Iam SO loving your fun herons -- that's a perfect name for them! And the images are fabulous -- you can tell they connect with you! The flight ones -- stunning. I remember your "playing tag" -- so THAT's what it looks like!

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  22. I'm not a bird expert but I think that's a blue heron. Beautiful captures - especially the ones in flight.

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  23. Herons are amazing, aren't they? There is one in the park here that will let you get within about 5 feet of him to take a picture. I think he is loving all the fame. And free food.
    ;)

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth