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August 23, 2010

My Mystery Photo Subject

Filed under: Travel — Karma @ 6:29 pm
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Did you read yesterday’s blog entry?  Because if you haven’t, you should really go back and read it before you read this one.  All set now?  Okay, good.

A seal? Beach Blanket Bingo? Hot air balloons? Naked sunbathers?  No, it was none of those things, although any would have made interesting photo subjects.  Well, Scott, maybe not naked sunbathers!

Here is my mystery photo subject as I first saw it:
Blue Heron 1

Coming around the bend in the little, misty harbor – there on the very edge of the bank.  Do you see it?

Blue Heron 2

I was so happy when I saw it standing there!  What a beautiful, tall bird!  I suppose they may actually be quite common, but I’d never had the opportunity to photograph a great blue heron fairly close up.  I quietly stalked the bird, creeping closer and closer, snapping picture after picture, never sure which one would be my last, closest picture.

Blue Heron 3


This one, as it turns out, was the closest I got….
Blue Heron 4

…before it flew away:

Hey, Plainmama could be the owner of that boat in the background!  Although very soon she would have to change the name!

Speaking of other bloggers, the first view I actually got of that heron was on Sunday morning as I made my way down the beach in the other direction.  Rebecca the Housewrecka, another blogger from my town, was winding up her vacation just down the road from me on the weekend that we arrived! Small world, huh?

I saw it silhouetted like this, so I wasn’t 100% positive it was a heron at the time, but I was pretty sure as I watched it fly away:

Funny side story about Rebecca and me: Although we live in the same town, we did not know each other at all until she had a photo selected by the Pioneer Woman for one of her photo assignments of the local barber shop in our town, which I also happened to photograph for Scott’s “Hometown” assignment.  (Becky – I couldn’t find your shot from P’Dub – want to leave a link to it in the comments?)  My sister spotted the shot on PDub and told me about it.  We followed the Flickr link to her blog, which I read and started commenting on. Then, one night in town at a summer concert, I saw a woman walking through the crowd with this adorable puppy.  I suddenly made the connection and walked up and asked her if she was who I thought she was – and she somehow knew who I was too!  We figured out we were vacationing in the same spot when I recognized a view on one of her blog posts as being from this place that I love.  Small world indeed!


  1. Well done! Great blue herons are not all that easy to capture as they can be pretty shy creatures (at least the herons that frequent our pond are that way).

    All of the photos are beautiful, but the silhouette photo is my fave.

    Comment by Robin — August 23, 2010 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin! I did like the silhouette shot too, so I was happy when I thought of a way to weave it into the story.

      Comment by Karma — August 23, 2010 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  2. Great shots! Great story, too.

    Comment by photographyfree4all — August 23, 2010 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

    • Glad you enjoyed it PF4A! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — August 23, 2010 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  3. I’m so envious! Great shots! I love the Great Blue Heron. If I had known I would have ditched the packing husband and ran down there with my camera in hand. You didn’t mention that a woman mistook you for me while you were shooting on the beach. Too funny! I did get a few of the GBR but it was from far away and I was using my 300mm lens.

    Here’s my P’Dub picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/rslaflam/4744728866/in/set-72157607073097747/

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 23, 2010 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

    • That’s right – I forgot about that! I actually have a very cute picture of Sam from that encounter, for another post.
      I’m pretty sure the GBH would have taken off before you made it down with the camera! I took that shot before I texted you, and he flew away pretty quick that day.
      Thanks for sharing the P’Dub shot!

      Comment by Karma — August 23, 2010 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  4. Why doesn’t it link to my blog from my name?

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 23, 2010 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

    • [You have to be logged into your WordPress account or else put your URL in the little comment thingy. Everything I know I learn by fixing my mistakes. Everything.]

      Comment by Gerry — August 23, 2010 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

      • Thanks Gerry. I’d often wondered why hers didn’t link. My computer seems to fill those blanks in for me pretty regularly anywhere on WordPress.

        Comment by Karma — August 23, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  5. Karma that’s a GREAT blue heron! I’ve never been able to photograph one, but one morning Miss Sadie and I rounded a point and came face to face with one. It was one big bird. We looked at each other levelly. Then it turned and stepped into the air and vanished. Sadie was so astonished she didn’t even bark. It was a peak experience.

    Comment by Gerry — August 23, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! I’d never have been able to photograph the heron if Teddy had been around. He’d have been barking his fool head off.

      Comment by Karma — August 23, 2010 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  6. Pretty, pretty pictures! Such a funny looking bird.

    Comment by JenniferA — August 23, 2010 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, but I think Mr. Heron might take issue with you calling him funny looking! 😉 Well, I can’t say for sure that it was a “him”- just assumed since he has some color. Tracy, any ideas?

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2010 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  7. The light was perfect and you took advantage. This GBH must be used to stalkers…er, photographers milling about. Still, naked sunbathers would have just as interesting. 😉 I fav’d the fourth one on Flickr with a suggestion.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 23, 2010 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Scott. And I think your suggested crop is a good idea.

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2010 @ 9:02 am | Reply

      • The new Nikon 55-300VR is calling you. Whoops, that’s right you went with Canon. Oh, well. 😉

        Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 24, 2010 @ 11:59 am

      • Wouldn’t it be funny if you found some MALE naked sunbathers? 😉

        Comment by thedailyclick — August 24, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  8. Beautiful shots, I’m very much like you that I would inch up/snap a couple of shots/inch up some more, and another shots or two until I get real close.

    Comment by Nye — August 24, 2010 @ 12:46 am | Reply

    • Thank you! I would have loved to have gotten even closer, of course, but that was as far as the heron was going to allow (and the closest my 55-250mm lens would allow!)

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2010 @ 9:05 am | Reply

  9. What a gorgeous subject! The close up and the silhouette are my favorites! Love those.

    Keeping my fingers crossed that if I have to change that boat’s name it will be R-3 Boys + R Lil Lady. But R-4 Boys sounds good too 😉

    Comment by plainmama — August 24, 2010 @ 12:47 am | Reply

    • Thank you Amy! I still surprised you weren’t tempted to find out the gender of the baby beforehand, especially after 3 boys!

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2010 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  10. You got pretty close!!! Isn’t it fun to sneak up on critters to see how close hey will let you get?

    Comment by thedailyclick — August 24, 2010 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

    • Yes, stalking innocent critters with a camera is good fun! 😉

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2010 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  11. You did pretty amazing to get as close as you did before it flew away… They’re quite the creature aren’t they close up… Beautifully captured k… and how cool with the meeting too… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — August 24, 2010 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Brian! I’d love to see how it would have looked with your new lens!

      Comment by Karma — August 24, 2010 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  12. That’s some fine stalking there, Karen! You’d make a pretty darn good PI! 🙂

    Can’t tell males from females so the gender of your GBH will remain a mystery. What a magical encounter!

    For future reference, wildlife doesn’t like to be stalked and can pick up on it instantly. The best way to get closer is to act as naturally as possible!

    Comment by milkayphoto — August 24, 2010 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

    • Acting “natural” didn’t work all that well for me in the first pictures – the one in silhouette. I was trying to slog through several inches of outgoing tide, and it caught sight of me right away and took off! 😦 Maybe there isn’t a good way to act naturally around water birds!
      BTW, I’ll have a “critters from Maine” post coming up too, with my attempts at Maine wild and not-so-wildlife! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — August 25, 2010 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  13. Karma, you did a great job stalking the blue heron. You deserve lots of kudos for coming up with such wonderful shots. Isn’t it fun when you come across a beauty like this?

    Comment by Kathy — August 25, 2010 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Kathy! It is fun – I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take its picture.

      Comment by Karma — August 26, 2010 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  14. 1000 bravos pour la photo-mystère ! Le GHB, grand héron bleu, est superbe. Quelle chance de le voir et photographier de si près (close).

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — August 26, 2010 @ 4:59 am | Reply

    • Merci, Isa! Et merci de m’aider pour se souvenir du français!

      Comment by Karma — August 26, 2010 @ 7:52 am | Reply

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