The Wide Open Spaces

Thursday, November 6th, 2008, 12:42 am

While I miss having a back yard, my apartment provides the next best thing–two huge parks within a five-minute drive. Today I decided to walk around North Park, a five mile meander with camera in tow. And let me tell you, that damn thing got heavy. But it was a good day for a stroll:

While I was walking past the tennis courts this honking huge bird glided by. I gave chase and managed to squeeze off a few shots before he skipped behind a copse of trees.

Pretty sure that’s a blue heron. The bastard took flight again when I tried to get close and I had to chase him back to the small dam by the playground. There were two herons, but before I could get a shot (I didn’t have my 70-200mm with me) they both took off and skimmed the water before disappearing around the bend. The one spread its wings wide and managed to stay aloft for a long time even though it looked like it was only flying at about 5mph. Like an F-14 landing on an aircraft carrier, that’s what I thought at the time. And of course I didn’t get a picture of that.

But still, a nice walk on a beautiful day. Having a resource like North Park almost within walking distance is a real blessing. One I should take advantage of more often.

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2 Responses to “The Wide Open Spaces”

  1. alan Says:

    Yup, that’s a Great Blue Heron.

    It’s a shame I didn’t ever get there when I lived in Pittsburgh… looks like a beautiful place. That last picture is great.

  2. Darcy Says:

    Lovely! I keep forgetting to take the camera on our morning walks.

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