This morning I had the blessed opportunity to awake early and treat myself to a little Father’s Day treat by getting out on this moist humid morning and scoring a few joy points with nature. I had actually hoped to catch the sunrise as those during this time of year can be spectacular with all of the moisture in the air. But alas, there were clouds that rolled in.
“Herry” my Blue Heron friend
Nevertheless, I took advantage of the morning and spent some time with my friend “Herry” the Blue Heron (who was very patient with me as I took nearly 70 photos of him or her).
I sat there for almost 30 minutes just observing and photographing Herry while he/she just put up with me. I was literally 7 or 8 feet away, which just amazed me, because these are typically nervous birds. Following are a few shots I got of this magnificent bird over the course of the morning at Jacobson Park in Lexington.
Herry finally flew off…
But then landed close by on the shore. Obviously fishing…
Herons were not the only birds out there at the lake. As I drove up to one section of the lake, I witnessed something I had never seen before and that was a line of geese entering the water one at a time and forming a long straight flotilla of geese. They did it in an orderly fashion and it was amazing to watch.
Beautiful morning on the lake
Geese get in the water, in line, one at a time
Geese all in a row
Speaking of geese, just before sunrise as it was getting lighter, I took a picture of the geese in my flash went off. Talk about an eerie picture with a bunch of glowing eyes!
I also saw a pair of ducks with coloration that I had not seen in ducks.
Then there were the two copycat, or should I say copy duck, mallards that were in the same pose standing in the middle-of-the-road.
After scoring a few joy points watching the birds, I decided to take a ride back into horse farm country and, while there, I got a couple of nice glimpses of horse farms and a bit of a blurry sunrise. There was a slight mist in the air as the dewpoint was fairly high.
Sun’s glow over horse farm country
Horse farm as seen from Walnut Hill Road near Lexington
Horse grazing peacefully in the morning
Misty morning in horse farm country
Beautiful barn scene
And of course, this is the season of the lilies. Right around June is when all of the day lilies are in bloom and they come in many colors and varieties. Here are just a few.
Day lilies getting ready to bloom early in the morning
Purple day lilies
Red ones too
And some yellow ones
A white daisy
Herry the Great Blue Heron
I love nature. I get joy points for nature. And this morning, I wished myself a happy Father’s Day as I enjoyed the drive, the nature, and my buddy Herry.