Sipping a cuppa on the deck this afternoon I spied this lovely creature alight at the bottom of the garden. In a flash I was back inside for the camera but by the time I'd returned my magestic birdie had disappeared.
A little peering around discovered him removed to next door's garden, so I crept stealthily down the steps and through the grass, tiptoe'ing ever so slowly...... and was rewarded by being allowed to get within about 20 feet or so and treated to a few preening poses before this lovely Great Blue Heron flew off.
(...and just for the record, regarding my previous post .... I'm quite happy with my new life on the lake, and with taking photographs and teaching photoshop - there are just times when conversations happen which make you think of past times, in this case, triggering fond memories of a profession well loved....)