Thursday, February 28, 2013

Glorious Takeoff by Snowy Egret on a Sunny Day

"When walking through the 'valley of shadows,' remember, a shadow is cast by a Light."
--Austin O'Malley, American physicist/philosopher

A confession: I really didn't feel like walking today. I am still sore from being compelled to lie and then awkwardly stand as still as a statue in the medical labs yesterday in preparation for my surgery. So I was feeling washed out, but Superdawg made me get out the door and take the long wooded walk to the big lake.

I had in mind the perceptive O'Malley quote about the redeeming Light that casts those shadows that cause us to fret. Today was an exceptionally bright day.

And then just as we go to the lake's edge, we startled a snowy egret from the bank and it took flight right in front of us, flying across the lake to a fresh perch. This is one of my favorite heron-like birds to watch, and is a quite common sight around our ponds, lakes, and marshes in the coastal region.

According to my "Compact Guide to South Carolina Birds," the Snowy Egrets "feed by actively chasing prey or by poking their bright yellow feet in the muck of shallow wetlands, flushing out prey."

That's probably what this magnificent bird was up to when we so rudely (albeit accidentally) interrupted his work. Anyway, Mr. Snowy Egret brightened my day. Thank you, guy.

© Robert G, Holland  2013

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