Spring is here and I am yearning for summer and plein air painting. I usually work on miniatures then and I think working on them now in my studio brings those days alive for me. Here is the first in a little heron series I am doing. My challenge is to paint several with this subject in different ways, all in miniature of course.
The Great Blue Heron 4 x 3
The herons are back in town in great numbers and nesting everywhere. This beauty was out on the sand near Tsawwassen; a great place by the way to see them. There is a very large heronry, I mean large, over 400 nests at the east end of the causeway out to the ferry dock (Hwy 17). If you look in the large firs on the bank on the south side you will see them. In a few weeks those giant trees will be white from the all the excrement from the nests and the air will be filled with all the baby talk!! It is really something to see. Right now there is one eagle’s nest in the middle, apparently he drives away other eagles and protects the heronry but they pay a price for that protection. One eagle in hand is better than many in flight!
PS. If you want more info to find the heronry just drop me a line. You will be able to see them clearly but you will need a zoom to see them well in their nests. Of course when the tide is out they are everywhere looking for food.