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Weekend Reflections ~ Anacortes, WA

Weekend Reflections

James, over at Newton Area Photo
hosts a fun meme called Weekend Reflections.
Grab a camera and play along.
And even if you don’t join the fun,
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Herron with Dinner

The Washington State Ferries provide transportation from San Juan Island to the mainland and back. I took this photo while Amoeba and I were waiting for the ferry home after our weekend at Deception Pass State Park. Since we had a couple of hours to kill and it was a beautiful day, we decided to visit the beach. Almost immediately I noticed this Heron wading along the shoreline and trained my camera on him.

He stood immobile for ages, and so did I. Finally, I was rewarded for my patience when he struck — amazingly fast — and captured this fish. I have several shots of him dining as well, but since he was moving they are a bit blurred.


    1. Susan — it was a beautiful Spring day. Sitting in the sun wasn’t a hardship and didn’t take patience!

  1. What a terrific capture, Quilly! That really is a beautiful area and, of course, I really love Deception Pas State Park — although you guys didn’t get the best weather. My kids and I all went there last summer when they were here for my birthday. Hope your weekend is going well! Have a great Memorial Day!


  2. What a steady hand you have. Did you have the camera against your face or did you hold the camera in outstretched hands? Whatever, I really like this photo, Q!

    1. Gig- — I braced the camera on an old piling still at the edge of the sea even though the old pier is long gone.

  3. Hi Quilly!
    I love this shot! I usually give up waiting before I get the shot I want; good for you for not doing that!


    1. Dimple — it was a lovely Spring day and sitting in the sunshine watching the Heron fish wasn’t a hardship!

  4. Lovely capture. That’s such a remarkable little corner of the world.

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      1. It doesn’t look blurry to me…. Maybe you’re comparing it to other ones on the same strip or the unuploaded original (which always seem better quality for me) but by itself, I don’t see it haha. You did a great job of this one. Animals are hard to photograph, they don’t understand that we just need them to stay still while we approach haha!!! I was trying to photograph a dolphin in malibu and it’s much more blurry than this!

  5. Quilly, I think this illustrates, a tiny bit, of the reward of “being still and knowing that He is God.” Sometimes, He rewards us with just a tiny glimpse of his majesty at work. Great photo!

    1. Kelley — it is interesting that you should say that because I was thinking along those lines when waiting for the photo — not specifically that, but I was wondering how anyone could be surrounded by such beauty and majesty (the PNW) and not believe the world was created.

  6. It’s an absolutely perfect picture and I can hardly believe you had the patience to wai for it.. I am always amazed at how long those great blues can stand absolutely still waiting for their dinner to come along. No wonder they are so skinny ;>)

    1. Sallie — I am not certain it was patience. I had the time and nowhere to go! And while I waited, I did manage to talk to two other beach walkers.

  7. What a great looking bird and a great shot to boot! Regarding your question, I’ve never ben to Vermont but I hope to go someday.

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