Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hiking with Herons and Sail Boats

Sunshine and fresh air rejuvenate in a way nothing else does.

We love hiking, especially as temperatures dip.

For these photos we had just stepped out of our car and were still right next to a highway, but the heron and sail boat somehow made the traffic noise fade away.

The lovely boat was pretty far away.  It's nice to use the zoom option on our camera!

I don't know how to tell if herons are male or female.  This one was finding some nice snacks at the spillway.  We watched for quite a while.

This one wasn't shy at all.  We were pretty close.

The sail boat was so pretty gliding around the bend.

These photos were taken just outside Independence, Missouri at Blue Springs Lake.  We were there Labor Day weekend after one of my surgeries.  Our little walk kept us close to the car in case I started feeling weak.  We didn't stay long, but had a lovely time.

What are your favorite outdoor activities?

;-)  -Marci


  1. This time of year when we drive north on the highway to Vancouver BC we see herons hunting for food in the ditches and grass along the side of the road. Because the leaves are gone, you can also see their old nests in the nearby trees. We haven't had our sailboat out since August. The winds have either been dead calm or blowing a gale up the lake. Neither are good for winter sailing. - Margy

  2. Over here, herons aren't always liked as they tend to have a poor effect on the salmon spawning grounds. Buuuut, I like the sound they make. It's like a chorkle through a metal pipe:) it really is musical.

  3. Beautiful photos dear! Happy New Year! xoxo
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

  4. Hello, the herons are always a pretty sight to see. Love the sailboat too. Great shots. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy weekend! I wish you and your family all the best in 2017 and a very Happy New Year!

  5. We love to hike too and will probably be out on a trail this afternoon. Love watching a heron 'fishing'! Happy new year!

  6. Wonderful photography of the herons for 'Critters' ~ lovely sailing too! thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year ~ ^_^

  7. We love watching the herons! We often have one hanging out on our dock or beach.

  8. I grew up on a boat and loved watching the herons...our boat was out at the end of the dock and they loved to perch out there. Beautiful birds. Great pictures!

  9. Wonderful photos and lovely text. Nature does have a way to let he heron and sail boat somehow make the traffic noise fade away. Hugs, Nancy Andres from

  10. Beautiful photos. Thanks for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty

  11. These are wonderful photos!! Looks like such a lovely day!


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