The Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) is the largest bird in Georgia. (I already showed you the smallest bird, the hummingbird!) We see it almost every time that we walk the new trail at Lake Alexander. At different locations beside the lake, we see it absolutely still, hunting for fish. Another time, we saw it very high up a tree (and we heard it before we saw it!) And one memorable late afternoon, as we were walking over the boardwalk, I spotted what I thought could be a heron. It looked as if it were sitting amongst some high grass beside the wetlands next to a tree and since the neck of this bird perfectly mimics a gray branch, I couldn't be certain of what it was. I asked Richard to snap a photo and then to look at it and enlarge the image..."Is it a bird or a limb?", I asked him. In his dry English way, he said, "Well, it has an eye".
Oh, he does make me laugh!
If you would like to see another heron, then you should look at this post. It is from my blogging friend, Meike from her visit to the Pumpkin Festival at the Ludwigsburg Palace in Germany! Meike lives in Ludwigsburg, so is able to visit the Palace and lovely grounds quite often! (You will be able to enjoy the flowers and pumpkin displays before you get to the heron at the very end!) Meike said that many walked right past the heron since it was standing so perfectly still. The same goes for the heron that we see at this lake. Very often, people there have no idea what they are passing by...they don't know what they are missing! Today, we saw it in flight...a graceful, elegant bird, the legs trail out behind and those long wings...beautiful!
Just had to show you this photo of the early morning mist on the lake. For Richard, this is becoming like the Houses of Parliament were for Claude Monet who painted those buildings in all kinds of light and weather. The same can be said for Richard and his photos of this new boardwalk. Richard will scoff at me for comparing him to Monet...but honestly, his talent just stuns me, I am sure that all of you appreciate his artistic eye.