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August 18th, 2009


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11:50 am - Three from Marsh and Foster Islands
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Foster Island, Seattle

Directly under the 520 bridge, hundreds of vehicles per minute literally only feet over its head, this bird stood and hunted. We watched it for several minutes. It would stand like this for a while, then cock its head, looking down at a particular point in the water. Then it would stab the water and bring up a fish. Flip the fish around in its beak, and then swallow. It acted precisely as the moment required; without hesitation when action was required and without passivity when waiting was required.


Into the swamp


Maybe I should try to convince you that this is a vast picture, the trunks those of old growth trees and the field of view hundreds of yards deep. But it's really quite small.

Tiny Blossoms


Both: Marsh Island, Seattle


All: August, 2009

The heron image is now available through imagekind.

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From:replyhazy
Date:August 18th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Zen heron. Wonderful.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:August 18th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! The rainy wedding-day "irony" of it all is that thoughts about the zen heron woke up the monkey mind last night, as I was trying to fall asleep.

I'm just an animal.
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From:jackwilliambell
Date:August 18th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
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OK, I want a print of the heron. Seriously.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:August 18th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
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I've uploaded it to Imagekind. See the link at the bottom of the post.
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From:jackwilliambell
Date:August 18th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I hope you get a cut. I will order when I get home.
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From:farmgirl1146
Date:August 18th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
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The 2nd and 3rd pictures are lovely. The first one is drop-dead lovely and artistic. I think it has commercial possibilities, if you like.
Like Jack, I'd love a print.

Edited at 2009-08-18 08:31 pm (UTC)
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:August 18th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
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See above -- it's at imagekind.
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From:lamentables
Date:August 19th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
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The heron is WOW! but the last one is the one I really love - it's the colours and angles and contrast between delicate flowers and blocky geometry.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:August 19th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I like that one too.

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