Current Gallery: great_blue_heron ( piece)
One of the meditations I use when being the artist is seeing those that want to be seen (by me) and those that do not want to be seen. This Great Blue Heron wants to be seen. She (I don’t know but I’d like to think it’s a she.)has appeared a number of times on different days to pose for my camera. These 2012 flight photos were the result of a wonderful little dance that she and I had this afternoon. Memorial Lake is a man-made and part of Veterans Memorial Park in Colorado Springs and lies underneath Pikes Peak. Of course somehow expecting her I bring a camera with me on a walk around the park. I wasn’t on a hunt, more interested in the world as it passed by during my walk. Just as I was coming to a conclusion and exiting the park, she appeared. She was standing in shallow water and if my eye was not trained to see the thin silhouette against the water, I might not have had the opportunity to dance with her. I had my small Cannon sure shot in my pocket and after a rush of exuberance moved slowly towards her, slowly introducing my presence. Not so much as a flutter from her. Step and stop, step and stop, I inched closer. My advances had her attention. She lifted her head slowly and extended her long neck upward and again relaxed into a fixed pose. I inched closer, legs crouched. I took another step. She takes the most graceful leap wings extended an lifts quietly into the air, turns her back to me and flies away. Holy Blue Heron, she lands about 100 yards away, near shore and collapses into the recognizable stealth s-curve silhouette. We repeat this back and forth three times. I bow and leav a satisfied guy.
"Great Blue Heron"  (2012) by ralphnelsen
  • Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron
from $ 13
  • Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron
from $ 13
  • Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron
from $ 13
  • Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron
from $ 13
  • The Stealth Heron The Stealth Heron
from $ 13
  • Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron
from $ 13
  • Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron
from $ 13