I'm still marveling over the newest member of the Neighborhood Watch in my parents' community. After taking my mom out for an early birthday dinner, we drove by a small figure perched near the end of a driveway. At first, I thought someone had moved a lawn ornament to mow their grass and forgotten to put it back. So I implored my Ogre to turn around, and he crept the Charger slowly forward.
I've seen herons, but never this close up and so far from water - the nearest pond is a few miles away. I usually carry a camera now, thanks to Wordless Wednesday, so I captured a few photographs. He blinked once or twice, but seemed unruffled by the flash. That may have been because he was sleeping, but I prefer to daydream he was highly trained as a sentinel, like the Queen's Royal Guard.
Today I waded through Etsy in search of his kin. These unique birds certainly have inspired many lovely handmade creations.
1. The Blue Heron Cotton and Burlap Pillow Cover by JolieMarche
2. Blue Heron, Antique Picture Button Necklace by Timeless Trinkets
3. Tiny Silver Heron Pendant by just plain simple
4. Great Blue Heron Sterling Silver Brooch by Bob's Whiskers