A GBH adopts the Wet Look

The weath­er is always a fac­tor in a good pho­to, the sun should be at your back or at least not behind the bird, the wind should not be so high as to blow the bird and you around. But this time the weath­er took over the shoot and turned what would have been a few good pic­tures into great ones.

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Great Blue Heron in the mist

No, you can’t order this fel­low from the Franklin Mint, though he does look a bit like a shiny sil­ver cast­ing paint­ed with touch­es of blue and rufous (brick-red).

A few weeks ago, I was near the bridge at the east end of Rodeo Lagoon, a favorite place for Herons and Egrets, grous­ing about the thick fog patch­es that were hang­ing on in spite of the warm­ing sun. But the sun was break­ing through over my left shoul­der so I decid­ed to wait a few moments to see what hap­pened. The thick wet fog felt good on my face – though I wor­ried about it get­ting on my lens.

Just then, anoth­er thick wet batch blew in from the sea. Nuts! I thought and start­ed to get up from the portable stool I sit on when pho­tograph­ing birds when, from behind my right shoul­der in swept this GBH with a angry, warn­ing croak – he was much clos­er to me than he liked, plus he didn’t like the fog.

The fog rolled over him as he began to turn towards the sun.

Great Blue Heron in the fogThen out he came, his fog-laden feath­ers glis­ten­ing in the hazy sun­light, giv­ing him the appear­ance of a shiny lead toy sol­dier touched with brush strokes of bright blue and red­dish brown.

Great Blue Heron in the fogAnd then he was gone, leav­ing only these mem­o­ries etched in my cam­era and now on my blog.

I packed up my Swedish Walk-stool and my cam­era and went back to my P.T.Cruiser; any­thing I took after this would have been anti-cli­mac­tic. Beside, who am I to push against the Pho­to-Gods who have just blessed me.

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3 Responses to A GBH adopts the Wet Look

  1. Joyce L. Johnston says:

    I enjoy your arti­cles and pho­tos in the Whistlestop Express. For months I enjoyed see­ing the white pel­i­cans in the marsh by the Cost Plus Cen­ter. A few weeks ago I hap­pened to be in the area ear­ly in the morn­ing when they seemed to be on a feed­ing fren­zy close to the shore, where pre­vi­ous­ly I have just seen them all crowd­ed on a small island. About a week after that they were no longer there and it occurred to me that they were bulk­ing up for their migra­tion. Do you think that was the case and do you know to where they migrate and when they will return? Thanks. Joyce L. John­ston, Mill Val­ley.

    • admin says:

      Yes, they have moved on. I am not sure where they go but they will be back. They hang out at sev­er­al sites in Marin,
      Richard
      P.S I have added you to my week­ly bird pho­to email list.
      Richard

  2. Corona says:

    What a super and inspir­ing sto­ry!

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