Winter Heron

‘To dwellers in a wood almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature. At the passing of the breeze the fir-trees sob and moan no less distinctly than they rock; the holly whistles as it battles with itself; the ash hisses amid its quiverings; the beech rustles while its flat boughs rise and fall. And winter, which modifies the note of such trees as shed their leaves, does not destroy its individuality.’

~ Thomas Hardy, Under The Greenwood Tree

I hope you are settling into the whispering rhythms of the new year.

It was my birthday last Monday, and although they seem to come around so much more quickly as I get older, and even though I was in bed with the flu, still, I like the quiet that accompanies birthdays these days. I can read, or go for a walk or cook something unfussy but delicious and there is no pressure for it to be anything more than that.

This heron was spotted from my bedroom window, I almost didn’t see him as he blends in so well with the bare branches and greyish bark of the winter trees. I like the way his white head is turned toward the sun and he seems to have his shoulders hunched like an old man. There is a pond not far below where he’s sat, and we often see herons fly over and disappear behind the hedge in search of fish.

17 thoughts on “Winter Heron

  1. Happy birthday! And lovely picture. I had a weird experience with two juvenile herons last year, they was walking across ploughed ridges in a field next to a lake, and were extraordinarily brave. I saw them quite a lot and became sensibly shy of everyone, but I got about six foot from them that first time, it was bizarre!

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    1. Thank you and sorry for such a late reply to your comment. That’s a lovely story Lucy – they are quite strange, out of this world, looking creatures, but I’ve not got so close as that. I think they have a bit of a pterodactyl look about them.

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  2. Belated Birthday wishes! I hope you are feeling better now Kim. The photo is striking with the heron and the bare branches against the blue sky. A lovely composition! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. x

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  3. Hi . reconnection after an aeon … not even sure you remember me 🙂 Have been very intermittent with my blog but trying to maintain discipline this year to do what I love to do … writing but also more and more … reading many great posts. Wish I had 48 hours to a day to get through all of them.
    Belated birthday wishes … quite belated … and best for the New Year

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    1. Thank you Rose, I have stopped by your blog and enjoyed catching up with your posts. I also would like to post more regularly but life has that habit of getting in the way – don’t we all need more hours in the day! Best wishes x

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