Cloudy days here are significant because they’re so few. I prefer to photograph in sunlight, especially late afternoon, but this cloudy day earlier this week was so pleasant, with an unseasonal high of 87 degrees, that I had to take my camera to work and stop somewhere on the way home.
I find Great Blue Herons totally fascinating, especially when you can find them right in town. This is an area in mid-Scottsdale with a lot of small lakes. Herons look like they could be cartoon creatures to me, they’re so bizarre and exotic-looking, and I would like to have watched him for hours as he patiently waited for a tasty fish to swim by.
This is the first time I’ve been so close to a dry heron. Usually, they’re wet (like this one in Gilbert) but this one’s long feathers looked so soft and fluffy.
I wish I had picked up this feather because I feel like it was his.
I was at a little lake called Camelback Lake by a restaurant close to golf courses, parks, and many other small lakes. It’s the same lake I photographed this egret last Thanksgiving. It seems like a peaceful place for a wading bird to hang out and browse the menu.