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Monday, July 18, 2011
Few people go around expecting the unexpected. It may be a clever phrase but only the crazy go around looking for the abnormal to be normal. I glanced downriver one morning and saw a swan well out in the river slowly swimming around. The photo is taken with a telephoto, so it appeared even further away to the naked eye - which is how my eyes usually are, by the way. I'm pretty casual. I haven't seen too many swans on the Patuxent, so despite it appearing very small in the frame, I continued to film. Part of the reason was that I love the lighting on this particular stretch of shore and, at times, will photograph it even if nothing is going on.
It wasn't until I returned home and loaded the photographs into the computer that I discovered the swan was actually a great blue heron that had swam all the way from outside the frame on the right to outside the frame on the left, probably a couple hundred yards! If you have ever seen an heron's toes, you would never expect such behavior. That was one crazy heron!