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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Surprise Gift

My husband and I took a drive out into the country the other day. Driving around Constantia, West Monroe, Central Square and all the farms and meadows in between. Keeping an eye out for photo opportunities, but thwarted by a powerful summer storm. Bolts of lightning from the hand of Thor, torrential rain, booming thunder claps. Thrilling, but a little scary for the driver (me!).

So we turned Beatrix back to a southerly direction and headed home. (Beatrix is my copper-colored Kia, btw).

Back into our own stomping grounds to find, as we stopped at a red light in front of a car dealership, a great photo op! "Quick, get a picture before the traffic light changes!"

Hubby grabs Elphie (my Canon Powershot Elph 300...and yes, I do name most of the objects in my life; my laptop is named Midnight).

Anyway, not the greatest angle, but traffic was beginning to move and this fellow or lady didn't cooperate with a profile shot.

At first, it looks like a type of water snake, but it is in fact a great blue heron, hunting for frogs in a pond in front of a new car dealer, right next to a heavily trafficked road. It's a shame that these beautiful creatures have to live in a human environment of car fumes, noise and urban sprawl. But Nature finds a way.

It was a delight to see this wonderful bird, especially after being foiled out in the countryside. Nature is ready to give you gift at any moment, you just have to keep your eyes open.


mrsduncanmahogany said...

Amazing what you can see in the city! So true though, and sad that she wasn't where she should be, in the country! How much fun is being caught in a wicked thunderstorm! :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Delightful! I haven't seen a heron in years -- you're lucky!

Magic Love Crow said...

Ok, what do you call your t.v? LOL! I love Blue Herons! We use to have them in our old house! Beautiful birds! So lucky to have seen her! You were meant to turn around from the storm ;o) Big Hugs ;o)
(Johnny's movie comes out July 3rd! It looks great!)

The Boston Lady said...

I love seeing the Great Blue Herons. So majestic, yet gangly. I too name most things in my household and life. Although I admit my computer is not named and if it was it might be unprintable. Ann

Jeanne said...

Oh, the wonders that await us should we only pay attention.
So good to hear that y'all got out of the house for some fresh air and sunshine and FUN!

Topper said...

Amazing big bird stood still long enough for the picture! Good you got out for a drive, makes a nice change!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I realised it was a heron because I have taken a few photos similar to that one :-)

No thunderstorms here but we have the rain.

They have cranes nesting in bigger towns here now, there are just nu spots avaliable on the countryside any longer :-)

Have a great day!