Great Blue Heron in Flight

Nothing gives me a thrill quite like the sight of a Great Blue Heron suddenly rising up nearby from where it's been hiding in the tall grasses. Slowly it flaps its enormous wings and takes to the air. In this painting, I've shown a pond full of waterlilies at the nearby Nature Preserve where I've seen this often. Whenever I go there for the mile walk around the pond, I have a sharp eye out for one of these magnificent birds. If I'm lucky, I'll see one across the pond or even close by. I hear that in Florida, by the fishing docks, these birds are quite accustomed to people, but up here in New England, they are wild. They never let anyone get too close!
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