Peek a Boo

Saturday, September 12, 2009
As we often do on nice evenings we decided to go for a walk around Capitol Lake. I didn't even see this Blue Heron a few yards out in the water. My wife spotted him. I sat down on the long curved steps along the lake and slowly worked my way closer to him all the time grumbling about how I should have brought the long lens. He was very cooperative and held pretty still while I rattled off a few shots. I thought the reflection of the colored lights across the water worked well with his soft blue-grey tone.


  1. Zingo Tots Says:

    Awesome! Oh, how I miss the days of strolling around Capitol Lake! This blog is making me so homesick...but I love it!

  2. Zingo Tots: It's meant to make you smile, not sad. If there are any particular areas you would like photographed let us know. Maybe we can help.

  3. Zingo Tots Says:

    Oh, I am definitely smiling! I posted about your blog on my blog! Check it out at

    I have to get sleep! Will tell you a couple of fave spots tomorrow!

  4. Excellent shot. Love the cat-tails at the front of the shot. I cannot seem to take a night shot. How do you do it?
    This is a beautiful, framable shot. MB

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Nice photography this one. It has all of the elements and you did great with a short lens.

    Thanks for the comment about my birthday card from my son on my Pick a Peck of Pixels blog.

  6. Lynette Says:

    Another fine photo on your blog stirs good memories for me. In the 6th grade I completed a project about birds, a notebook filled with reports and drawings I made of various birds. One of them was the Great Blue Heron. I hung onto that notebook for years, but now it's gone the way of most of my treasures, up in flames in a house fire. No one was hurt, and the memories remain whole when summoned by something with a close tie-in, like your photo. Thanks for sneaking up successfully!

  7. sauch wonderful work , i apperciat your work and your ungle.
    beautifull work.

  8. Lois Says:

    I enlarged it to get a better look. It's a fabulous shot!

  9. tapirgal Says:

    This is great! The white plants in front make it look like a Japanese print. Our herons keep their eyes trained on me, and one false move (any move) and they are outa here so fast!

  10. Small City: Thank you MB. Check your email. :-}

    Abe: Thanks Abe. I appreciate that. By the way, I like what you've done with your blogs as of late. They've taken an interesting twist.

    Lynette: I didn't know about your house fire. If you told that story on your blog I somehow missed it. That must have been so hard, to lose some of the things so precious to you. It is nice that no one can touch your memories though isn't it? I'm glad this photo sparked something.

    Basir: Thank you for stopping by.

    Lois: Thank you. You probably see more of these than we do.

    tapirgal: It's funny you mention that. Every time I moved a couple of inches closer you could see him look at me even turning his head. You have to understand though, this heron owns this lake. He's been photographed by a number of local photographers. You could easily find other photos of him on Flickr. I think he just sits there and puts up with us.

  11. Jacob Says:

    I think this is one of your best shots, Don! A perfect photo for a wall hanging!

  12. Thanks Jacob. I'm thinking the bird is going to want some royalties. He's tough.

  13. AB Says:

    Very nice shot. The highlighted grass in the foreground adds to the composition.

  14. Rob Says:

    Nasty critters. They always, always, wait till you got real close, camera ready, about to click on the button, to fly away. Well, that's what happens to me, anyway, every time I see one. Or maybe there is a heron conspiracy against me. The spanish word for heron is extremely close to the french word for
    Don't you just love them? Well, I do, so I will carry on. Actually... Check my blog tomorrow, got an idea here...

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