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Where We Live by John Silveira and Richard Blunt. Photos and commentary from Oregon and New England.

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Archive for August 15th, 2013

 

Blue heron

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

This is a series of sixteen photos of a blue heron landing in the shallow waters of the Port of Gold Beach, at low tide. (The second photo is a bit blurry. I must have shaken the camera. Sorry. But it’s part of the sequence as the heron slows for its landing.)

From the second through the  sixth photos the bird reminds me of a plane trying to land in the short space of the deck of an aircraft carrier. After that, the photos remind me of a ballet dancer until the heron settles down, on one foot, in the final frame.

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As big as these birds appear to be, it’s only because of their wings. This shot reveals how skinny their bodies really are.

As big as these birds appear to be, it’s only because of their wings. This shot reveals how skinny their bodies really are.

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This begins the ballet as the heron adjusts itself.

This begins the ballet as the heron adjusts itself.

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Now on one foot, the heron is unmindful of the weeds now wrapped around its feet.

Now on one foot, the heron is unmindful of the weeds now wrapped around its feet.

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