Forever in My Heart……And The Great Blue Heron

A few weeks ago it was a year since Mom’s passing, and yesterday was her birthday.  It’s been a struggle to carry on, and I miss her more than ever.  During a low time weeks ago, I randomly came across a poem on a blog I follow.  I felt I was meant to find it.  I read it often and wanted to share it with the hope it will comfort someone else as it has me.


Since starting my blog over four years ago, noticeably it lacked posts this past year.  Recapturing my birding and photography passion has been difficult.  I went through a recent medical emergency and have recovered, but it was a huge “wake-up call” for me to start taking better care of myself and look to a brighter future.  I vowed it was time to get back to the joy of life and happiness.  Yesterday was heartening….

Out on my balcony, checking out the already increasing numbers of migratory birds rafting in Marshy Creek with my binoculars, I spotted a Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing to my right at our riprap.  (Mom’s favorite bird on her birthday, how wonderful!)  I was hand-held camera-ready.  🙂

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With a wingspan of 5-6 feet, that is a lot of bird coming in; but somehow they can still do it quite gracefully.

A few more random photos of other Great Blue Herons from the past week.  Our Opsrey nest platform is a favorite perch late in the day.

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These next two were taken at separate sunsets, a Great Blue Heron heading home for the night.

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I love trying to capture the Great Blue Heron in flight, to show those gorgeous wings.

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it and hope you enjoyed!

30 thoughts on “Forever in My Heart……And The Great Blue Heron

  1. Oh Donna, it was so wonderful to see this poem in your post today. I’m so happy that it’s brought comfort to you. Hugs to you on your dear Mom’s birthday. It must be a very difficult day for you. I was only thinking today that this is the first Christmas that I haven’t been out searching for a present for my Mom. I am in awe of your Great Blue Heron captures. Just magical. 🙂

    • Thank you, Sylvia, again so much for posting it on your blog at a time for you. It means a lot to me & I’m glad I came across it. I had Mom’s headstone engraved “In Our Hearts Forever” and so the poem is perfect. I don’t even remember Christmas last year so I’m feeling like you are on present-shopping this year. I should be searching for a Mickey Mouse collectible or something chicken for her kitchen….. I hope you’re feeling comfort through the holidays as well. Oh, and I’ve been keeping an eye out the windows for one those GBH’s to return, I saw three at one time the other day. 🙂 They come around our riprap more often in the fall/winter now that the local Osprey are not here to harass them.

  2. I’m glad to know that you’ve recovered from that medical emergency. The poem is beautiful! Your pictures are gorgeous! Amongst the best I’ve seen from you! How appropriate present for your Mom! 🙂

  3. Lovely images and message here. Hugs and peace to you in this time. Really love that verse, and I’m glad you are looking at it often. A verse like that put on a bookmark by the funeral home helped to get me through when my dad passed many years ago. I’m glad this one is helping you. Take care 💜

  4. Glad to hear that you recovered from your medical issues. Losing a parent is definitely hard and I am sorry for your loss. I lost my dad about 7 years ago and all I can say that each year gets slightly better. Beautiful images and a beautiful blog post Donna. Missed you around these parts.

    • Thank you so much, it seems impossible that a year has passed, time just doesn’t stand still for healing, I am hoping each year gets better. Very sorry for your loss too. Hopefully, I can get out and about to see what I’ve been missing around the Bay. 🙂

  5. Donna, just as that GBH was meant for you on your mom’s birthday, so was me reading your blog and the poem. Today my mom was diagnosed with bi-lateral metastic neoplasm. She is 93. Hugs to you my friend, both on the first year anniversary and on overcoming the medical emergency. These photos are amazing and the reflection on the water is stunning. Stay active and thank you for the post and photos. Merry Christmas! hugs

    • Beth, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, I will include her in my prayers. Be strong for her, I know you can. I am glad you found some comfort in the poem and the photos. I did feel the GBH was meant to be, at least it made me feel better. 🙂 I had a stress-related heart attack, I cannot believe it happened to me. After all those tests done, my heart is confirmed healthy now, so guess that is a good thing to know. Bought me a fitbit charger hr for myself for Christmas, going to work on getting active for sure. Merry Christmas to you! Hugs back at ya!

  6. You are such a gem!! Truly! Thank you for the beautiful poem. I loved it and brought tears to my eyes. I still have my mom and don’t know what I would do without her. Seeing this made me get on the phone immediately to talk with her and let her know how special she is!! God Bless you. I absolutely loved your heron pictures!!! YOU ARE SO TALENTED AND HAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HEART!! What an all around INSPIRATION YOU ARE!!!

    • Thank you so much, Linda, it is a moving poem, I still get teary-eyed each time I read it, but it is helping me get stronger. 🙂 I love hearing you called your Mom after reading it, makes my heart feel happy! I’m almost done with the estate which has been so hard on me, and that will help put a close to everything; and then I can move on with my wonderful, happy memories of my Mom. Hey, one of these days I may knock at your door to go boating in 2016, going to have to connect with you through email this Spring if possible! And see how your Osprey are doing!!

  7. What a great poem! I’m sure you were meant to find it and come back to enjoyment of life and all things natural, that you so beautifully portray, like the GBH here.

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