March 16, 2005
Volume 1 - Number 65

Another from Wakodahatchee Wetlands. A great blue heron, at the end of Janurary, in the nest with his/her babies. Note the head of one of them, recently hatched.

The nesting great blue herons and anhingas have been one of the big Wakodahatchee attractions for the past two months, both for the casual visitors and the professional photographers. Though I am not thrilled with the photo above, I could not let this season pass without acknowledging the experience, especially sharing how quickly these babies grow. Part two follows tomorrow.

Two years ago, when we first moved here to South Florida, "maternity island" (my name for this nesting section of Wakodahatchee) was where I got grounded, finding people with whom I could speak and from whom I could learn. Watching the birds was very exciting. (New subscribers, if you are unfamiliar with Wakodahatchee, check out the article I wrote for my community newsletter that year, reflecting this excitement.)

What I find interesting now is that, though the same photographers still line up daily, my feelings are pretty much "been there, done that." AND, in the moment, some of the excitement does return. I'm thinking, as I write, that it may be the adrenalin of my creative juices dissipating in one area, moving on to recharge in another.

Can you recall similar experiences in your own life?

Responses yesterday were quite interesting, especially since two people had very similar, yet quite contrasting responses. Both saw painters.

Julie Jordan Scott wrote:
I see the "plant" as a painter. S/he is giving the Heron instructions on how to stand more "Heron-like" or something. The plant looks frustrated to me, or perhaps is just
very expressive with her/his hands.

See the canvas on the easel in front of the painter?

I can almost stand in the Heron's shoes and say "Well, I am doing the best Heron pose
I can... I think.. well, what do you think I should do? You are the artist, afterall...."

while Mary Gray states:
"Here's the notion I had when I first saw the photo. The heron is "the artist" looking at his creation. The fireflag just looks like an arranged group to me."

Mary also responded to my query, "How many birds do you see?" "Eight birds IF you consider the fireflag as one taller bird and two smaller ones--and count all the reflections (though it's maybe just the tops of the heads for the smaller ones)."

Tapping into philosphical thoughts, Karen Caterson wrote:
"The first thing I thought of--after reading your comments and looking at the
picture--was of Martin Buber's "I-It"description----because, to me, it looks like the bird is "talking" to the plant--and the bird is seeing the plant as something/someone-other than what it actually is....

I'm thinking that the bird sees the plant as another bird, like him/her--but in reality the plant is something/someone entirely different--BUT the bird does not make that distinction--the bird has made an "It" of the plant, by not seeing the
plant as it really is---"

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