Friday, August 05, 2011
The lonely, brooding vigil of the solitary heron at Stricker's Pond in Middleton
Lately, when we've been walking at Stricker's Pond in Middleton my attention has usually been captivated by the Sandhill Cranes that have reappeared. I love their ungainly majesty, and their wild calls, the way they stretch out in flight. And the domesticity of these pair-bonded creatures is fascinating to watch. Great Blue Herons also spend a lot of time at the pond. They're more solitary than the cranes, and there's something poignant about their lonely vigils, even if -- as I suspect -- they're just waiting for their next meal to swim into sight.
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