THE HERONThe heron stands in water where the swamp
Has deepened to the blackness of a pool,
Or balances with one leg on a hump
Of marsh grass heaped above a musk-rat hole.He walks the shallow with an antic grace.
The great feet break the ridges of the sand,
The long eye notes the minnow’s hiding place.
His beak is quicker than a human hand.
He jerks a frog across his bony lip,
Then points his heavy bill above the wood.
The wide wings flap but once to lift him up.
A single ripple starts from where he stood.
—Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)
Categories: 2013 Project 365, Birds, Nature
Wow! Really good photo, and I really like the quote, too. Thanks! 🙂
Thank you so much TK ! So happy you had such a fantastic reaction to this image.
Ah, excellent photo of my favorite bird and it looks fantastic in B&W!
As you know..poor lighting, you somehow make it work. Thank you so much for your kindness Phil.
A perfect capture!!
Thank you so much !
Oh dear, beautiful and this reminds me of the herons that I am suppose to post to show you. Ah, senior moments.
LOL ! No worries..let’s say both of us forgot. Because I did too. 🙂
Herons are a real favorite, I love the photo.
Thank you so much Charlie ! So happy to share a favorite for you.
Reblogged this on My Choice.
Generally, I’m not a fan of B&W nature photography, but when it works, it can be very moving, and this one works!
Thank you so very much Jerry. I know if you like it, then it passed the test. 🙂
Very good, Emily. And very good in B&W!
Such a huge compliment coming from you Bente. Thank you so very much!
What a wonderful photo. I love the black and white effect.
Thank you so much ! This certainly lent itself well to this look.
Well,I’m with Bente, B+W with this, outstanding.
Awesome Robert ! Thrills me to no end that you enjoyed this one.