Reflecting the Sunset of Strength

Finding, cultivating, mating and laying, they forged on, little did they know we were watching.

Thanks to the dedication of Ithaca’s Cornell lab of Ornithology, we the public were granted the precious opportunity to observe a mating pair of Great Blue Herons with 24/7 Cam photography.

Behind the scenes conception allowed vision to collaborate and power up a dream.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

To think these Herons built a nest with nothing but their bills and nature’s intimate living, coupled with great audio, we  humans experience their life unfold and the lesson..sobering.

                                               they wait, taking turns, they know

they stay determined

they protect their nest

through the storms of life

they don’t abandon their home

and the snows melt and lo and behold

they fight off predators in the moonlit nights

one night a Great Horned Owl took off the females nuptial plume

you can witness the attack here

One egg was dented, nevertheless “Fiver” emerged unhurt

and that owl never returned

their strength births

a precious nest full!

and they grow

and they take turns feeding

and they grow

weathering the storms of life now too

we look forward to their comical faces and noisy feedings

astounded by these dedicated parents

Dad with missing toe, mom missing plume

they forge on as chicks don’t miss a moment

 feeding times  with golden sushi

their curious nature makes us smile daily

“clack clack clack”.. they grow on

and astounded we become

they’re growing up so fast

feathers burst out everywhere

they’re looking more adult

standing so tall…we are in awe

another generation of hope

reflecting the sunset of strength

we journey on

Status update: Five nestlings hatched during April 27-May 2 and should begin to fledge (fly) as early as June 27!  You still have time to learn, see this amazing cycle and follow the CornellHerons Twitter feed

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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29 Responses to Reflecting the Sunset of Strength

  1. phoenixritu says:

    Lovely pics, nature is truly amazing

  2. tikulicious says:

    Nature is a good teacher. Only if there were more students to open themselves to it. Beautiful inspiring photographs. I love the bare trees and the nests on them. Such poetic expressions by nature. That is how we should be . I love your blog. Glad to know you .

  3. Judy Black says:

    What a wonderful portrayal of our last months watching these herons. Thank you so much. Blackster

  4. k~ says:

    A fascinating venture, it’s really nice that you kept track of it for us, and continued to keep us posted on what was taking place in the miraculous nest of the heron’s.

  5. Gill Mojo says:

    Those are the most amazing pictures and what stunning parents. It has always amazed me how birds build such fantastic nests with only claws and beaks. Thanks for sharing this, Brenda.

  6. Angela Meram says:

    Oh my!! That is beautiful! Sure shows what Love can do and conquer!!
    Thank you!!

  7. Jo says:

    Have been checking on them right along with you and am just awed at how quickly they went from little nubbins to nearly grown and as you say, about to fly the coop! Just wonderful to be a witness to this miracle.

  8. Truly a wonderful journey. It does make you stop to think about the fragile state of life. It would be so easy for the herons not to have lived through this..

  9. Amy Morgan says:

    This has been such an amazing journey to be able to share. Thank you for your posts and now this beautiful compilation. What a gift this has been!

  10. Hi, I’m a new reader! I just love this idea..what a great idea to install a camera near the nest! Just beautiful..thank you for sharing!

  11. Tara Adams says:

    I love your photo stories. There is such an art to what you do. I don’t have anything else intelligent to say–just WOW!

  12. Kathy says:

    Your photos never cease to take my breath away!!


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