From heron to eternity

They dance and swirl right over my head

When I don’t have my camera with me.

But as soon as I go out with it,

They hide in the reeds

Or fly away

So that no matter how much I stalk them

I can’t get any good close-up shots.

I know these aren’t the best shots you’ve feather seen,

But maybe the herons are just trying to tell me

That every now and then, I have to enjoy nature

Through my own two eyes (and not through a camera lens).

From heron after, owl try to avoid any more bad bird puns… although I have no egrets!

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64 responses

  1. Haha, love your bird puns! So clever, just like you. I enjoyed the bird shots. Sometimes I feel guilty always trying to capture nature on my memory card instead of with the memory in my brain!

    October 13, 2012 at 16:37

  2. Love the bird puns! I do have egrets, though I had to play hide and seek with one a good hour or two at the lake where I normally shoot photos. As always, the pictures are gorgeous.

    October 13, 2012 at 16:46

  3. Your photos are lovely, as is the heron! I have to admit sometimes it is great just to watch these beautiful birds and forget about the camera. Have a great weekend.

    October 13, 2012 at 16:52

  4. Love the photos and your avian puns. They’re not at tough to swallow. I wouldn’t even try to duck them. Just bring them on wren ever you like.

    October 13, 2012 at 16:58

  5. Pat

    I like puns. Sometimes it is good to just put the camera away and watch.

    October 13, 2012 at 17:00

  6. Hello Lady Fi!
    Oh, a series of herons.
    A beautiful bird.
    Fantastic photos.
    Have a nice day

    October 13, 2012 at 17:05

  7. Enjoyed reading that! Thanks:)
    Last photo is amazing BTW!

    October 13, 2012 at 17:10

  8. Enjoy your herons LadyFi, they might just be telling you their show is for you only😉
    Love the birds puns😉

    October 13, 2012 at 17:13

  9. Jim

    Hey Fiona, until you do get that close-up, and I have full confidence that you will, these will do just fine! But just for the ‘halibut’, why not try a telephoto lens?! Hey, I try!…..

    October 13, 2012 at 17:16

    • These are taken with my telephoto! Perhaps I need a bigger one?

      October 14, 2012 at 07:02

  10. smiles….defintiely…and it is the same with writing…stop trying to capture the moment and just live it…they tell me…i still like your shots…smiles….have a great saturday…

    October 13, 2012 at 17:20

  11. Wonderful shots of the heron.

    October 13, 2012 at 17:21

  12. Anyway, your photos are always great.:)

    October 13, 2012 at 17:21

  13. So typical – where is the camera when you need it?! I love this bird, but I have never had the hegron at close range!
    Wonderful photos!:)

    October 13, 2012 at 17:22

  14. LOL! I swear animals can hear a camera or see that glint of metal or lens. 😉

    October 13, 2012 at 17:26

  15. onceupona

    I have the same problem but I have also come to realize that it’s sometimes it’s more important to just see it rather than try to capture it. Cheers. Danette

    October 13, 2012 at 18:07

  16. Beautiful shots of the heron.
    I have the same problem with them and they’re still on my list of birds I want to photograph.
    Hope you’re having a great weekend.

    October 13, 2012 at 18:16

  17. peaceful

    October 13, 2012 at 18:31

  18. sylviakirk

    I love your puns and they are just the giggles I needed on this gray, grumpy day!! Yes, Fall has finally arrived in Seattle with all the gray and grim, wet and chill!! So have no egrets and do have lots more fowl fun!!!

    October 13, 2012 at 18:35

  19. Wonderful shots… the heron one was great. Holding cam we really miss adoring with our very own eyes.

    October 13, 2012 at 18:37

  20. So so true, it always happens to me, just when the sky has this beautiful show but dang I don’t have my camera, the P&S even.😦 great photos no matter what, you still got them.

    October 13, 2012 at 18:56

  21. Sometimes, we just have to relax and enjoy the nature. But I loved these shots too…:) A closeup would have been better…

    October 13, 2012 at 18:58

  22. Lovely photos of a seemingly camera shy bird. One of my dogs is camera shy and the other one is a total poser. Maybe you just need a heron who is a bit of an exhibitionist! Love your phunny puns!

    October 13, 2012 at 19:05

  23. Riet

    Sometimes the heron stands still when he sees a fish he wants to cathch. Beautiful photo’s.

    October 13, 2012 at 19:35

  24. Awesomely punny. Love the photos.

    October 13, 2012 at 20:18

  25. oh, you are so funny, er punny!:)

    October 13, 2012 at 20:39

  26. Bob

    They are so beautiful, it doesn’t matter whether close or far away, the Heron will wait for you!

    October 13, 2012 at 20:55

  27. Love the puns, but maybe the birds are right – occasionally, just watch and rejoice!

    October 13, 2012 at 20:57

  28. imac

    Heron-ly shot.

    October 13, 2012 at 21:24

  29. Beautiful pictures of the heron, you did well, great. THe last post are amazing…what a lovely colour ….awsome!

    October 13, 2012 at 21:53

  30. Love it all, Fi – thanks for starting my day with a smile! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    October 14, 2012 at 00:03

  31. Those are lovely pictures…and an unique area of the world. What a nice place.

    October 14, 2012 at 03:40

  32. I like Oscar’s spindly-legged friend!

    October 14, 2012 at 04:11

  33. So serene!

    Hopping by from Camera Critters.

    Dogs Territory
    Have an enjoyable weekend!

    October 14, 2012 at 04:24

  34. I’m swallowing here over your lovely captures. (Couldn’t resist!)

    October 14, 2012 at 05:13

  35. Ha! I liked your bird puns Fi. Nice photos too, as always – Dave

    October 14, 2012 at 06:34

  36. I think birds have developed a sense to know when we have a camera! Nice pictures still. And it is true we should sometimes enjoy things with our own two eyes!

    October 14, 2012 at 09:26

  37. Great series of captures.

    October 14, 2012 at 10:01

  38. Awesome captures, I love Herons:)

    October 14, 2012 at 10:27

  39. Wonderful photos, yes, beautiful heron, great job.

    October 14, 2012 at 10:48

  40. jcosmonewbery

    Oh, the puns! (Puts head on arms and sobs quietly…)

    October 14, 2012 at 10:49

  41. Beautiful!

    October 14, 2012 at 13:20

  42. JM

    Lovely series!

    October 14, 2012 at 14:36

  43. Loved the puns!!

    October 14, 2012 at 14:59

  44. dianne7777

    your puns are delightful! especially the post title
    the last shot is a masterpiece

    October 14, 2012 at 16:22

  45. alright now I’ve had my first laugh of the day, thank you for that. we have a great blue that lives near the pond down the road and I’ve gotten a couple of okay shots of him but not really close enough for my liking. he stands perfectly still in the middle of the pond, waiting for a fish. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s more fun for me to simply observe him than to try to snap his photo. seeing is enough, I don’t need to capture. I think the last shot is excellent. happy weekend to you Fiona.

    October 14, 2012 at 16:36

  46. lol, apart from the heron I smiled at your headline. Cool!

    October 14, 2012 at 17:28

  47. –Lady Fi,
    your insight thrills me!! Xxxxx Kiss for Oscar.

    October 14, 2012 at 17:52

  48. I think your photos are spectacular.

    October 14, 2012 at 18:29

  49. These birds look very elegant !

    October 14, 2012 at 22:14

  50. thanks for the chuckles and the lovely images

    October 14, 2012 at 22:15

  51. Delightful! Loved the poem! It reflects my own efforts!:-)

    October 15, 2012 at 00:39

  52. Beautiful shots! They are very wise and you may be right about what they are trying to communicate to you.

    October 15, 2012 at 00:47

  53. Oh man … that last pun pushed me over the edge!

    October 15, 2012 at 01:39

  54. I love herons, and wish I saw them more often…
    These are lovely captures, as they are such shy birds…

    October 15, 2012 at 02:32

  55. Egrets? I’ve had a few, but then again too few to mention…

    October 15, 2012 at 06:19

  56. cloudia

    Your heavenly caramel shots and sharp birds are like an evasive dream

    Have a lovely week-
    Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral


    October 15, 2012 at 06:28

  57. calm and perfect:)

    October 15, 2012 at 09:55

  58. Hi hi hi hi hi! Loved your bird puns! And your pics are just great!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    Have a fabulous week****

    October 15, 2012 at 14:12

  59. I wonder why they are scared of you, or your camera. Is it the noise? I also noticed how nice and green the foliage is in October.

    October 15, 2012 at 15:30

  60. Your photos are beautiful to see, and the heron looks quite elegant!

    October 15, 2012 at 15:31

  61. this post quacked me up

    October 15, 2012 at 15:34

  62. I’m glad I’m not the only one who experiences this!:)

    October 16, 2012 at 16:49

  63. · Amazing photos. I love them.

    · regards

    CR· & ·LMA

    October 17, 2012 at 14:13

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