Friday, February 8, 2008
Our Great Blue Heron Rookery (New England Winter)
For weeks now I have been waiting for just the right weather to get exactly the conditions I want for the "New England Winter" version of my four-season Great Blue Heron Rookery project, and on this day — Feb 29th, 2008 — I have decided to give up on waiting for a better day and to instead go with the panorama I took several weeks ago. And I don't normally do this… but I'm going to set the date of this posting to match the date these pictures were taken because this story is all about the pictures and that date seems the most relevant. The only reason I delayed publishing this article until now is because I've been waiting to see if any better photo op's would come along, and so far that's not been the case.
For geographic details on this Rookery see my New England Fall article entitled “Great Blue Heron Rookery along Rte 2”, or its New England Spring counterpart, “Springtime at the Great Blue Heron Rookery”.
I remember the day I took these pictures. We'd had somewhat of a blizard — enough for snow to be stuck on all the trees — and very little wind, so the whiteness was still pervasive. But with so much cloud cover, there really wasn't enough light to get good pictures. That's why I didn't post these until March was on the horizon… I had been waiting for blue skies to appear when there was still snow on the dead trees, and now I just don't think that's gonna happen. Moreover, once I declare "the end of Winter", Spring will come sooner and we'll be done with endless blizzards, n'est-ce pas? ?
On the right is a picture I took of myself after my promenade thru the Wintery woods that day, on the North side of the Rookery wetlands. For more, click here for the Flickr album of snapshots used to make the above panorama. The panoramas themselves start here, in this Flickr album; just Next / Prev your way thru, following my usual presented in pairs paradigm.