Along My Evening Walk

With Baseball season officially behind us, I found myself on Tuesday evening free of any sort of obligation. I suppressed the urge to pilfer that time away by lying on the couch watching Love It or List It on HGTV; instead I hauled my butt outside with my camera in tow.

[Side Note: If you have ever watched Love It Or List It, why is it that 90% of the time the family decides to Love It? I had to watch at least 10 episodes before the final verdict was "List It". I would love to see follow ups with the families a year later to see if they regretted their decision.
End of Side Note]

I should have headed out earlier - the evening sky was beautiful, but the light was fading quickly and I am sure there was a prettier show a mere fifteen minutes before I shot this one.

I crossed over the foot bridge over the local slough and spotted an egret. I have seen them occasionally around the retention ponds, but never this close, wading in the water. Edited to add - I have been informed by my mother that the bird is a great blue heron, not an egret!
Out for a Stroll

Lucky for me, he was walking against the current, towards me on the foot bridge.
Fishing, Perhaps

I may have spooked him a bit because once he was under the bridge, he took off.
Taking Off
It's not the greatest capture - my shutter speed was too slow to get a perfectly sharp image. What a beautiful bird - I am amazed by the wide wingspan, the elegant neck, the stick legs.

Through the Marsh

I'll admit I didn't walk very much that evening but I'd rather stalk a pretty bird anyways.

Nancy  – (September 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM)  

Lovely images... you and had walking on the brain last night. :)

Lisa Gordon  – (September 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM)  

My goodness, that sky is gorgeous, Shirley.
The colors are amazing!

betty-NZ  – (September 26, 2013 at 9:35 PM)  

What lovely photos! The egret in the stream is an awesome shot!

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