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.

6 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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  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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