"For those who have come before you and were able to witness the nesting season at its peak, they will tell you it was a sight to behold. However, nature is always changing and ever evolving. In 2003, a large ice storm caused extensive damage in the rookery and a great number of nesting trees were lost. Great blue herons are highly sensitive to disturbances of any kind near and in their nesting site and the majority of herons were forced to move elsewhere. There is strength in numbers for herons in a rookery and the decline of nesting sites, combined with fewer herons, led to easier accessibility for a variety of predators like crows, hawks, raccoons and great horned owls.
Well, seems like the heron are a lot like us--off to the suburbs we went to escape the grim of the cities and the cities went to ruins. Covered with algae and littered with fallen trees, the pond looks surreal, like a prehistoric cesspool. A sharp contrast to the lake behind my house, this one is SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK
A BIT OF CULTURE IN THE WILD! I was stopped in my tracks by a hosta in full bloom. The deer ate most of mine this year, but didn't touch this one in their own backyard. Maybe they've moved on too?
These photos came out fair. They still don't seem sharp enough to me. I'm wondering if I should be using the flash to lessen handshake--if handshake is the problem? --Maybe just a couple of photoshoots do not a photographer make? Maybe I should clean my glasses and the screen on this computer?