Great Blue Heron in Black and White

Earlier this week, as I stood on the shores of Lake Washington,  a Great Blue Heron swooped in and landed nearby.  It was a typical spring day in Seattle, skies cloudy and partly blue,  the lake a silvery hue.

Though I didn’t shoot the pictures in black and white – I drained the color out of them later – I thought they would do nicely for Cee’s Photo Challenge in Black and White.

~  Susanne

15 Comments on “Great Blue Heron in Black and White

  1. I like to see the local Heron at the river in Beetley. Always solitary, and I have yet to see a pair. At the moment, with children and families playing in the shallow water, the birds are keeping well away.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • thanks Pete. It was so fun to watch this one land nearby, stay awhile, then take off. But you’re right, I don’t think I’ve ever seen two together either.

  2. We have lots of herons in Sligo and it’s always exciting to see them around wandering around the river and minding his own business. Thanks for sharing and have a good day, Susanne 😊😊😊

    • Yes, they are pretty focused on their own business, and so fun to watch. Thanks for your comment and you have a nice day too! 🙂

  3. I love black and white photography! I noticed in your first picture there is an ever so tiny bit of green in it. How did you do that? I’ve only been able to change an entire photo from color to black and white but I guess I never noticed you could leave part of the color in.

    • Thanks! I normally prefer color but it was fun to play with these pictures for the photo challenge. I just use the editing function in MS Pictures that came with the computer.. it lets you adjust light, color, crop etc. Nothing fancy.

  4. I grew up on Whidbey Island and fondly remember counting blue heron on my bus ride to school. Beautiful!

    • Thanks so much! We visited Whidbey this week, and hiked the bluff trail at Ebey’s Landing… I hope to post about it next week! 🙂

      • I love the bluff! That was one of my go to places growing up. I look forward to reading about your trip there.

      • We’ve been to Whidbey many times but it was our first time hiking the bluff trail. I hope I can capture the beauty! Perfect weather, blue skies, and all the mountains out!

      • If that was the case, then I am sure you captured the magnificence of the place. It is brilliant and just the thought of it makes me homesick. We had to cancel our yearly summer trip there to visit my mom due to the current state of things. I can’t wait to see your pictures!

  5. One of my best bird memories was of walking alone by the Willamette just as a great heron speared, tossed up in the air and swallowed a fish. Astounding to see. Thanks for the photos which brought that back to mind.

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