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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Heron in Flight


Over the years, I've posted many photos of Great Blue Herons but I believe this is the first of one in flight. When I was fishing a great deal I'd often find myself sharing the water with them, and because we were there for the same reason I've felt a certain kinship with them. Generally, herons are less tolerance of our presence than we are to theirs, but I suppose this is understandable as they are in and around water for a more serious reason than we are. They're there for food; it's how they make their living.

Once when fishing the upper Potomac river, I encountered one who ignored me even though I was fishing close by. Normally, however, if I got within about fifty feet of a Great Blue Heron he would fly off and express his displeasure with a cranky-sounding screech. At the pond in the park the big birds seem to tolerate my passing by much closer but become uneasy if I stop. That's what happened with this one who flew as soon as I raised my phone camera to my eye.

Whether still or in motion they are magnificent birds.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Autumn foliage in the park


Two views of the pond in the fall


Halloween Trip to Bethany Beach

 The view from our room at the Addy Sea:

The beach soon after sunrise:

The Delaware coast had been hit by Hurricane Ian a month before. The storm there didn't cause the massive damage that it had in Florida, but the dune that was created to protect the town was partially eroded. This photo shows that erosion at the center of town.

The birds are undisturbed by the surf.

Halloween trip to Bethany Beach

 Here's Pam at the breakfast table at the Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast where we like to stay for short trips.

Here I am in a hospital emergency room after collapsing at dinner Friday night at the Blue Crab restaurant. After a number of tests it was determined that I had been dehydrated, and I was allowed to go without having to spend the night. All in all, it wasn't a terrible experience.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Autumn on the west end of the pond


I guess this is some kind of algae. I like the pattern it formed one morning a few weeks ago.

Fall heron photo

 Have been seeing them often. This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago.