Saturday, April 20, 2013

Forever Grateful!

Great Blue Heron
can grow: 40-52 in.
a very famous profile...
a fearless hunter...

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."~Gandhi~
Trying to escape the ills and evils of the world, a trip to the beach would surely be the elixir!  Barbaric media images, were now embedded deeply upon the scanner and keeper of my soul! The horror and the scoundrels who committed the horror, remain forever, a mystery to my being! Why? 
Families destroyed, life disrupted as we know it. Sweet innocence lost, their genius never to be. 
My roots are in the Boston area! I knew that some family members would surely attend the race! Panic filled my heart and the phone calls began! Thankfully all are fine! My sister and her family, stranded in Boston, were finally able to leave by train. 
Definitely a perfect 10 beach day, my therapy would begin. Hardy breezes cooled the high ninety degree temperature! A large heron greeted me as soon as I placed my feet in the sand. His massive wing span and overall size were truly amazing. He flew off in a hurried swoosh! Darn where is that camera when I need it? 
All settled, chair placed perfectly in the sand, cooler close by, towels laying flat, soda in one hand and my instrument of capture perched firmly on my lap, I was ready! Bring it on!
Moments later Mr. Heron, returned to my left. Engrossed by any tidbit that an angler might cast his way. Too pre-occupied and hungry to allow my shutter button to frighten him off, he waltzed toward me. 
Click, click, click, many photos later, forever grateful for his grand performance, he meandered along, scrutinizing the shoreline. 
The heron is a bird of immense symbolism and folklore. For me he symbolized hope, on this sunny day. A much-needed gift from the universe to divert my fears, enabling my tentative belief in humanity once again! 
Boston, a city steeped in tradition, founded by heroes, a legacy carried on, through all the efforts of those involved! Home of the BRAVE!!!
 We love you Boston! You make us proud! 

I was so impressed by this gorgeous heron that I decided to make him my new blog header. A peaceful reminder, that we must hold onto faith and hope, no matter the circumstances.



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29 comments:

Charlotte Wilson said...

Rosemary,
very beautifully written and articulated post. I am so glad that your family members are safe. Evil seems to grow and mutate every moment. Thank you for your photos of "hope". They are beautiful and peaceful.

Tricia said...

What a beautiful series of photos! To be surrounded by such beauty must be so wonderful.

I just can't understand what motivated that bombing in Boston. From everything people said, those two brothers seemed like such good people. It's so sad to think about all the lives that were lost and forever altered.

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful shots - and really nice header material! glad all was well with your family...

Barb Brookbank said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful post, Rosemary. I love your new header - just gorgeous!

Lisa Gordon said...

Beautifully written, Rosemary!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Beautifully written and wonderful photos. I didn't realise herons could be so large. We're heading beachward today as a family to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. I'll have more chance of catching 8 children than a large bird....it should still be wonderful.

Deanna said...

What a beautiful post with such wonderful feelings...and your photos are outstanding. Love you new header as well!!

Carole M. said...

a delightful post - great header Rosemary. Fantastic heron with super backdrop; what a day!

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Rosemary,
These shots are really amazing. Great to see this heron along the sea to watch for some food.

Many greetings,
Marco

Kathy McB said...

What a majestic bird, and fantastic captures! Glad you are all safe and sound. We are all a bit stronger from this past week.

Nancy said...

Rosemary, your shots are fantastic and your words are full of wisdom....Thank you for a beautiful post....

Dianne said...

Beautifully captured Rosemary ..... so graceful.

"All Things French"

Patrice said...

What a beauty!

Carletta said...

Excellent captures of the heron! The water looks so inviting. :)

Boston has much to be proud of.

lailani said...

Wow, the shots and the colors are amazing!

Debbie said...

gorgeous, gorgeous gbh, one of my favorite subjects to photograph!!

we must remain vigilant in spreading beauty and joy through our blogs. reminding each other of all the wonderful images of nature!!

Jill akaSHE said...

he/she certainly knows how to pose! wonderful captures and heartfelt thoughts!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

A beautifully written piece, Rosemary. I'm glad your relatives are safe. Such senseless carnage. The GBH is such a wonderful series. You got the perfect photos of him. :)

Nancy Claeys said...

*sigh* What amazing shots Rosemary -- and perfect to illustrate your feelings today. xo

Evelyn S. said...

I am in such awe of fabulous bird photos! We have Great Blue Herons here but I can NEVER get close enough to one to photograph it. Your photos are wonderful...but your tribute to Boston is even more wonderful.

Dotti said...

Great Blue Herons are so fascinating! Loved your photos of this handsome guy.

Sharon Wagner said...

What a beautiful new header. That heron is strutting along on a fishing mission. That is for sure. A beach day is also my favorite break from reality.

P.S. We were just in Naples in March. I love it there.

Stewart M said...

Very nice post - both the words and the pictures.

I always feel like I've seen "something" when I see a heron.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Arija said...

Even on this side of the world we were devastated at the news. The total incongruity of linking Boston with terrorism. Until then, I had such happy memories of Boston. You, like me, seek solace by the sea. Somehow it never fails to help when we are troubled and that you were sent this wonderful bird close up seems like angelic intervention. When we are at our lowest, we so often get a sign from nature that it is, after all, worth while living on this planet.

Esther Joy said...

I'm so glad your family is okay. Love the blue heron shots. I think I saw one flying between our neighborhood duck ponds today, but couldn't get my camera out fast enough to catch him!

The Artful Diva said...

love, love these birds!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful images of the Great Blue heron!

Hilary said...

Beautiful heron photos and a very beautifully written piece, Rosemary.

Now you and I share one of my favourite birds on our respective headers. :)

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful shots of the Great Blue. :)

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