I've been taking pictures of Great Blue Herons for some time now, and have over sixty posted on my web site.
There's something beautiful about these birds, despite their odd-looking exterior and awkward shape. Seeing them in flight can be breathtaking and watching them hunt for food is like an exercise in Zen meditation-- long periods of wait followed by moments of inspiration and activity.
My experience with herons has changed over time-- before I became familiar with them, I thought of them as something extraordinary and magnificent. Today, I think of them as commonplace, but still magnificent. There's a lot more variation between them than you might think of at first. This particular picture is one of my favorites-- just incredibly rich and vibrant colors in it, and the light capturing the scene of it just perfectly.