Favorite Flyers

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The Great Blue Heron, with its purple-bluish bordered wings has been a frequent subject (in season) for my camera over the past several years. (ABOVE) is one of my favorite (and early) photos of a GBH. He surprised me as he flew beneath me under the bridge at Napoleon, Ohio. I was camped topside on the bridge sidewalk, a common spot for me to wait for herons to fish near the site, which is part of the backyard of our apartment building.

(BELOW) is another early favorite photo, taken when I first discovered I had unique access to herons between the middle of September and the middle of October each Fall. These long-necks venture down river toward Napoleon from Grand Rapids, Ohio, and other northern locations to pursue the plentiful fish that thrive in the Maumee River.

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When this fellow (ABOVE) came in for a landing, I was sitting on a riverside dock only yards away from him. Another surprise photo opportunity presented itself that day.

Herons usually are very shy about sticking around when the slightest movement, or sound, interrupts their fishing. So I was lucky to be able to snap this picture right before this fellow’s landing became a change-of-mind take-off!

(BELOW) is another snap from the bridge. There’s quite a difference in the bird’s appearance from the sunny day of the first picture on this post, and the one (below) shot on a cloudy afternoon.

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Credit:
Enlarged Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Christmas Lights Appearing

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Does it seem like Christmas is coming already? Are you beginning to think about the Christmas shopping season, and what you’ll get for whom?

Isn’t it rather early for this annual obsession about the biggest gift-giving holiday of the American year to creep into our mindsets?

It seems to be as though we used to wait at least until Thanksgiving to put Christmas lights in our homes and yards, and yet…

Christmas lights were installed on the Napoleon, Ohio, bridge this evening!

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg