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In Search of the Great Blue Heron, Part II

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In Search of the Great Blue Heron, Part II

Eighteen months ago, I posted about a trip I took to the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, hoping to spot a great blue heron. I recently went back to try again.

Last time, I had a severe case of camera envy. I carried my little point-and-shoot camera, while other birders had DSLR jobs with huge telephoto lenses. This time, I brought my Canon EOS Rebel T5 with a big zoom lens, a starter DSLR I’m still learning how to use.

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Realize we’re in the Sonoran desert, although I suspect that the saguaro cactuses below were planted by landscapers.

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But most of the scenery looks like a forest glade.

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The Preserve includes seven small lakes, home to all sorts of aquatic birds, like mallards.

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And sandpipers?! I thought sandpipers were ocean beach birds. I guess not necessarily. (Click on the small images to enlarge.)

I think this is a snowy egret:

And I think this might be my great blue heron (or maybe it’s another kind of egret; anybody know?):

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Creative Juice #60

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Creative Juice #60

Some beautiful, some quirky, all creative:

  1. Paintings with the look of vintage photographs.
  2. Vintage photographs taken by a teenaged Stanley Kubrick.
  3. These beautiful creations remind me of when I took up embroidery as a young wife. I miss those days.
  4. I always wondered how Chicago came up with the title 25 or 6 to 4.
  5. Paintings of Max Pechstein.
  6. I’ve read 12 of these, and I’d like to read more of the books on this book club reading list.
  7. Twenty-five free and easy quilt patterns.
  8. I want to win this contest. Only funny people need apply. Am I funny enough?
  9. Beautiful Christmas quilt—and links to many more original designs.
  10. The illustrations of Mike Ciccotello.
  11. That awkward moment at the museum when you see your portrait—and it was painted before you were born…
  12. Surreal images of synchronized swimmers.

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My offering for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with the prompt: Letter E – Needs to have two E’s in the topic word.

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Stoned

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My offering for the Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt: stones.

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Photos by ARHuelsenbeck.

 

Wordless Wednesday: Flower of the Day

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Wordless Wednesday: Flower of the Day

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Doing double duty today for Cee’s Flower of the Day. I found this flower near the canal in my neighborhood. I have no idea what it is, but isn’t it pretty?

Creative Juice #59

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Creative Juice #59

Beautiful, unusual, entertaining, fun, and creative:

Wordless Wednesday: Classic

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Wordless Wednesday: Classic

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Texture

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black-white-bannerFor Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. Photo by ARHuelsenbeck.

 

Creative Juice #58

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Creative Juice #58

Your latest installment of beauty and creativity, just in time for your weekend enjoyment:

  1. More beautiful quilts from Utah.
  2. Fashion photography on location.
  3. Beautiful murals.
  4. Gorgeous paintings of animals.
  5. Lovely zentangles.
  6. Do you have your own unique sense of style? Maybe. Maybe not.
  7. What do you look for in a traveling companion?
  8. Crazy coincidental dressing.
  9. I’ve read three of these bestselling books of summer, 2017, and found one more I need.
  10. What would it take to get you to look out your train window?
  11. Light show.
  12. Cars and legs.

Wordless Wednesday: Can You Find the Bee?

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Wordless Wednesday: Can You Find the Bee?

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