Heron’s Rest

Heron’s Rest

20140203_182326

When I was a young woman, my sister called me Heron. I can’t remember why; it may have been a ‘play’ on my name, or a reference to my fascination with the majestic bird itself.

Fast forward to the current time, and a spiritually-minded close friend is of the opinion that when I (personally) have an up-close and personal sighting of a heron – it must mean I’m ‘in the zone’ and magical things will happen. Whilst I’m skeptical, I’m not averse to a bit of magic. So, when two herons took flight from a flooded field, and crossed in front of my car – so close, that the last of the pair’s trailing leg nearly touched the bonnet – I was thrown into Heron reverie.. and have not yet recovered.

20131017_135326

Much like this bird I photographed at Dublin Zoo – who looked sleepy and in need of a morning coffee..

20131017_135344#1

..once he has finished the incomplete task, for which he just received this tongue-lashing.
No rest for the wicked.

20131017_135507

Next time – light the blue touch paper, and retire to a position of superiority. Or failing that, the roof of the nearest shed.

20131017_135232

..or beat a hasty retreat behind a handy boulder.

20140203_194337

Is it a bird or is it a plane? No it’s a Royal Navy Harrier Jump-Jet – one of the most extra-ordinary pieces of machinery ever made. Living close to RNAS Yeovilton, also known as HMS Heron, in Somerset,for many years ..and with several serving members of the Royal Navy amongst family and friends, I was once lucky to be taken into the control tower to witness them taking off at close quarters. Another Heron ‘connection’.

However, getting up close and personal with the Heron has never been as easy as it is at the confluence of the rivers Tarff and Dee, here in Dumfries and Galloway, on Kirkcudbright’s matchless estuary – where I took the images at the head, and foot of this post.

IMG_0483

Here, Herons – including me – have found a haven.

Advertisements

About largelyhelen

Designer, photographer, writer.
This entry was posted in Life In Focus, Natural World, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s