A Few Moments Ago …. (3 MACROS)

Yes, I am laughing! Here I am telling you I am going to be starting to close up my gardens, and I am STILL here! Well!!! A few moments ago, something happened I have NEVER seen before in my life. A BLUE HERON strolled right across our backyard and even with me frantically running for my camera that has my macro lens on it, and going to the window with the greatest of care, I did NOT disturb him. I am speaking of a bird who spooks when you move 100 yards from him, much less 30 feet away! This is blowing my mind, my friends!

Please note the following pictures were taken with my macro lens as I scrambled as fast as I could to get the right settings. (I should have just put the darn thing on automatic! DUH!) And I was shooting through glass and screens. But, even though the photos are not crystal clear, you are about to see a phenomenon that I consider way out of the norm for a Blue Heron.

And here are those photos. Enjoy!!!! Now, hopefully with no further interruptions, I can get outside to my gardens as planned!!

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Photography/A Few Moments Ago 2014Β©AmyRose

102 thoughts on “A Few Moments Ago …. (3 MACROS)

    1. LOL For ME or for US? How about both, Lorrie? I plan on reading what Blue Heron means. For this bird to come in this close, there is a LOUD message for ME. I am on break, sweating like a um pig, no I mean glistening, catching my breath. Though it is still hot here, the farmers and gardeners AND birds are saying COLD September. I would rather sweat then be freezing. So I am starting today closing things down. The last will be my Roses. They might bloom up into October IF I am lucky!!! Have a great day, friend!!! Love, Amy

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  1. What a beautiful blessing!!! Thank you for sharing the amazing photos of your encounter:-)

    Just a side note …I am out for my afternoon walk at work. I just saw a white heron in the little creek I pass everyday. This is only the second time I’ve seen it in two years. When I tried to pull out my cell phone to snap a picture, it flew away:-(

    God bless!
    Bernadette

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    1. So you really know how sensitive these birds are and the smallest movement or noise will startle them and they will instantly be in the air. Why this bird did not startle is totally beyond me. I am still stunned. Thank you for sharing your moment with me. Hope next time you get luckier!!! Love, Amy

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    1. Way cool, Melissa, something that happens and you say “pinch me” this really isn’t happening! Birds, insects, even animals are acting like cold is coming … so what this heron was doing is totally beyond me. I have never seen this one so close, and he didn’t even freak, or break stride even though I know he saw me move and heard me as well. I dunno. I am just so glad I could share my OH MY GOSH moment with you. Hope all is well your way!!! (((HUGS))) Amy [sweating and on break :-)]

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    1. Thank YOU, Laura!!!! The way my hands were fumbling it is a miracle I got one good image. I was pleasantly surprised that my macro lens did this well. For this Blue Heron to come in this close I wonder why. He kept looking at the wooded area as if seeking something, then looking at me … turned the corner and kept on walking down the entire length of our wild area, still looking in the direction towards the wooded area. It’s a mystery, probably one I will never get the answer to. Hope you are feeling good!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. So glad I could entertain you while you are recouping, Laura. You will be back to your camera before you know it. This is is THE very reason I dream of having two camera bodies … when an event like today happens. I had NO time to change lenses, much less much time to set the appropriate settings. And yep, I always tend to forget automatic too. LOL Force of habit of going where I usually do and block out everything else. LOL (((HUGS))) Amy on lunch break about to go to farmer’s fields for horse manure. YIPPEEEEEE!!!!! FUN? Wow!!!! GRIN!

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    1. I agree, Richard, though it is a heron, excuse me, not a giraffe. My mouth is still open collecting flies. Hehehehehehe Now back out I go, to do more work. Those beads of sweat are trickling down my neck and darn if I am not thinking about your words. See what you do to me? (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. ME? Play dumb? With SO many KATS who have taught ME? Um, nope. Not going to happen. Sorry, Shrimp. Now if I had a tail I’d flap it at you. Hot. Tired. Wishing I had a buddy to help me with these gardens. Um, someone, NOT naming names here, did NOT show up. Just sayin’ …..

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      2. MOL MOL MOL!!!! You just made it worth my weary little head the reason why I am going through these comments. Thanks, Buddy!! I can always depend on you. LOVE those eyes. You made me LAUGH!!! You are a scream and a half! Hehehehehehehehehe oops I mean MOL!!!! xx MB xx

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      3. MOL!!! 😸 I’m glad, Human! You need some time to be a kat, you know. Streeeetch, yawn, play with some string- kill a bug, then have some nip and a nap!! *(purrs)*🌹

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      4. πŸ¬πŸ πŸ‹πŸŒΈπŸŒΉπŸŒ·πŸŒΊπŸΎπŸ˜œπŸΎπŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜˜
        Whew! That was a lot of work! The lady says HIGH PAW!

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      5. Ahhhhh…….really? You are going to share YOUR nip with me??? Oh, Shrimp! I can really use it. Thank you SO much! Me being human and all, I must go jump into the shower so I am presentable when you arrive. Meet you at my front door, Buddy 4 Life!! (((HUGS))) Mom BonZo

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      6. I have a very conveniently place KAT bell on your level, Shrimp. You can’t miss it. It is in the shape of a fish. It is on the door jam right where you can push it to tell me you are here. Now I must shower. I’m having a celebrity call on me! OH I am SO excited. MOL !!!!!

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    1. Hi, Kathy!!! Still one very in awe woman on this end. I am out in the back around my compost which is pretty wild, and thinking, OK, who next is going to turn up. I have my cellphone in my pocket just in case. Tee hee …… (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. *sad face* No more visitors came to see me, Kathy. And I had another surprise. The peeps next door who have the horse, don’t really care for this horse well. Last year this horse’s friend died (another horse) and this year, this horse hasn’t even been in the pasture. All she does is stand in one place and poops there. There is like this wall of poop and no way am I going to dig through that. So, no horse manure this year, and now I know the horse next door is severely depressed. Darn it!! I could just cry. These people are so in the dark about animals. I am the one who stopped the litter after litter of starving neglected queens, and who took in many of the kittens as my own. I could go on, Kathy, but needless to say, I was shocked when I saw this horse today. How my Heart went out to her! xx Amy

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    1. It was peering all around, as though bedazzled or seeking something. I have never ever seen anything like it. He was even looking at me at times, not even ruffled. Amazing!!! (((HUGS))) Zara!!! Love, Amy

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    1. I’m sure it is a sign, but what? When something like this happens, I pay attention. I read what Blue Heron means, but it just didn’t strike me as a message for me. I’m clueless right now. Tired too. Hot. Very. I should be back on here as usual tomorrow. These gardens are a lot of work, Irene. Thank you for commenting. Love, Amy

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    1. OH how you make me laugh!! If you knew you I was fumbling and bumbling just to get to my camera which ONLY had my macro lens on it. This is WHY I wish for two camera bodies. I did not have time to change lenses. I could barely THINK what settings to put my camera on, especially with a macro lens on it. How I would LOVED to have a zoom lens at that moment. Maybe for Christmas Santa will bring me another camera. Not holding my breath though. LOL (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. Anything!!! Just give me a CAMERA!!! Hubs actually had to nudge me and say GET THE CAMERA, AMY, because I could NOT believe my eyes. I didn’t want to take my eyes off of this beautiful bird. I’m glad I ran and got my camera. Boy am I ever and then was able to share this special moment with YOU. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  2. Wow Ҁ“ he must have gotten lost on his way to the oceanҀ¦Ò€¦Ò€¦Ò€¦..

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    1. We actually have Blue Herons here, Mom, in the creeks. He was acting very strange as though looking for something or someone. Never in my life would I dream of seeing a Blue Heron in our backyard! These birds just don’t do this! As you can tell, I am still boggled! Love, Amy

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  3. The operation of this heron is cute. πŸ™‚
    This heron is strong wariness. So it is hard to shoot such photos.

    Now, here is 10:00 in the morning.
    It was beautiful sunrise today. It was a fraction of a second.
    Dear Amy, Love.

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    1. Here it is 9:30 at night. I am just about ready to wrap things up for the day on here. I am so honored by your comment about this Heron. I ran as quietly as I could to my camera and moving like I was under water SLOW. I didn’t want to startle him. And yes!!! DARN!! I succeeded in getting him on an image! Thank you SO much for your words. Wow. Thank YOU!!!! If you could have seen me fumbling around, thinking frantically what F/stop to put the camera on with a macro lens on it …… my fingers were flying, my eyes peeled on that bird, and hoping my light meter would balance so I could shoot. It did and I shot!!! Boy!!! You really gave me a thrill with your words! Bless you! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. It was a very thrilling shooting.
        Speaking of which, you had been macro photography waiting for the moment to cease the wind.
        I think it is important to “wait” like that.
        I can imagine the appearance that you are shooting photos with long waiting.
        Your area is late at night. Please do some rest.
        Love. — Chun

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      2. With wind blowing it is not possible to get a clear picture. Things blur due to movement. Sometimes I am in very difficult positions close to the ground, while waiting for the wind to stop and I have to remember to breathe. When I begin to shake, I stand back up, stretch, and get right back into that postition ready ready ready for that snap! I call it “Garden Yoga”. LOL So yes I waited until the winds calmed down. And yes, I did get rest last night, Chun, thank you. I slept well. And now am ready for a new day. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      3. “Garden Yoga” is very nice. πŸ™‚
        I’m imagining the appearance of your yoga.
        Macro shooting in adverse conditions will struggle. And while the yoga, you are staring at the flowers a lot more than anyone else.
        And the result, your friends will enjoy the beautiful photograph.
        They are very happy. me too.
        It is good thing that you got rest last night. πŸ™‚
        So, let’s have a great day today. πŸ˜€
        dear Amy.
        —Chun

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      4. With your words ringing in my “ears” I shall have a great day today! And yes, you are so right. When I am in that position, staring at that flower, my amazement grows and grows. The flower itself seems to reach out to me and “speak” to me, or just “Love” me. And the result? What I show you. (((HUGS))) Amy

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      5. It means that your photos are your mind, your hearts and your love.
        It is very nice!!
        I’m looking forward to see your photos. πŸ™‚
        —Chun

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    1. Now THAT makes sense. I read another book what Heron means and it did not make much sense to me. Wow!!! SO now I have Heron as a totem! The thrill that is my Heart because Heron chose to come to me. If I did not have the determination I have and if I did not rely on myself for all that I do, I would not even be close to being who I am today, nor regarding what I am doing today as well. Thank you SO much for these words. Now I shall call upon Heron for guidance. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  4. What an awesome gift that heron was! And you are already getting the gardens ready for fall. That gave me a jolt. This has been the busiest summer I can remember. Of course Florida doesn’t have those beautiful leaves and fall weather. It will be warm here probably into October. Have a wonderful day, Amy.

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    1. It is still warm here, Suzie, but the grapevine is saying, very cold September here. So I would rather sweat, I mean glisten, now, then freeze later. Now, just now, I was outside, and I was shocked to my bones. The ground roses that were looking like they were going down, NOW have hundreds of buds on them. Say what? Nature is NOT acting right this year! Darn! Now what do I do? Wait? I’ve been seeing signs of Fall, but now flowers are beginning to bloom again? *sigh* Bees are finished with the Lavender which is another sign of Fall. I give up! I’m getting too many crossed messages. Hmmmm…… Perhaps time to focus on Niagara Falls? Could be, could very well be. I do feel the water tug again. Once again I find myself befuddled, just like the Professor. GRIN! (((HUGS))) Amy

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      1. It’s been a pretty crazy year altogether, I think. I love Niagara! Could stand and watch her all day and all night. I have no doubt you will figure it out.

        How are your babies doing?

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    1. Thank you, Chris. I am still “pinch me” did this really happen? Blue Herons do NOT come in that close ever. I’m still deciphering the message, for yes, there is one. (((HUGS))) Amy

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  5. Amy, it is kind of special sign! Go and buy lottery ticket! Lol.
    And now seriously. That is unusual and for that kind of birds. It found something interesting. But the most important thing it was safe to stay on your backyard. The bird felt peace in that place and trusted you.

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    1. I have a “sanctuary” here, Alexander, and if this bird doesn’t show that, I don’t know what will. Yes, Peace is here. I will buy a lottery ticket just because of this. Nothing to loose everything to gain. πŸ™‚ But seriously, what an honor for this huge bird, who spooks so easily, just to stroll slowly across our backyard. How incredible is that! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  6. What a great interruption you had, Amy! As you know, I love to take pics of these guys…today not much luck as I was rustling the grass too much when I went through the bushes down to the water where he was wading…he was gone before I had a clear sight.

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    1. Linda, if you are talking about the third photo, that is reflection from the glass I was shooting through. There is your painting. And the spotlights I believe is the sun through the pine needles of the tree he is standing under. I think that is what you are referring to. LOL Love, Amy

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      1. Thank you for your condolences Amy. It does help me to hear what you said, it really does. Well, even if there is a logical explanation for the painting, it’s still pretty cool! hehe. And the sun shining on the heron is a wonderful natural spotlight, and something photographers dream of. So you’re spot on.

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      2. Linda, I got LUCKY. I’m serious. I was working so fast with settings, hoping I nailed it with a macro lens, that I just snapped away. Honest. This bird appeared out of nowhere, my jaw dropped, I was rooted to the spot, hubs had to tell me GET YOUR CAMERA and I ran. Thinking furiously when I got to it WHAT SETTINGS? Fingers flying on knobs, getting the light meter where I wanted ….. getting my reading from the Heron itself …. it was pretty nutso. I suppose with all the practice I have had, that reflex comes into play, and I “know” just what to do. BIG (((HUGS))) to you with all you are going through. BIG ONES!!! xx Amy

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    1. Thank you, Jackie. As I explained to many I was frazzled. Fingers flying, brain thinking, eyes peeled, …. I won’t forget this moment for a long time. LOL I think I did a lot of what I did on automatic pilot … from all the images I have taken. Thank YOU for the compliment. That really means a lot to me. (((HUGS))) Amy

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    1. This is the exact reason (Herons being skittish) that my teeth practically fell out of my head when I saw him just casually strolling across our backyard. Herons don’t come in this close and not to spook? Yeah, I really got lucky with these photos. My hubs had to nudge me and say GET YOUR CAMERA! LOL (((HUGS))) Amy

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