As I was crossing Oak Bridge in Central Park in the early evening yesterday, it was especially peaceful because the guy who normally disrupts the sound of birds singing by playing show tunes on his loud instrument (while sitting on this bridge) was not there. I was blessed to spot a lone Great Egret (who can be seen in the image directly above) making his/her way in a seemingly methodical manner as he/she walked across the lake.
[According to Deborah Allen, expert re avian creatures), male and female Egrets are the same in their appearance so I will continue to refer to them as he/she.]
I have a feeling this creature was the same Egret who I saw last Friday when I was at Turtle Pond (which is a place that has inspired my art work — please see "footnote" one below the conclusion of this post for details) and, as always, I was awestruck by the grace and purpose this bird shows when walking through bodies of water...
... as well as when walking on on nearby grassy areas.
When the Egret makes these moves, it causes me to think of a stanza in a Mary Oliver poem (Egrets):
over every dark thing.
And last evening, it was so interesting to see the Egret's reflection in the lake.
I have seen a number of avian creatures (both in Central Park and at the Hudson River) who appear to be looking at their reflection; as evidenced in the following photographs featuring an American coot...
... Khaki Campbells...
... the "famous" Mandarin (who has inspired some of the work I have on Fine Art America. Please see "footnote" two below the conclusion of this post for details)...
... the lone Muscovy (who is featured in one of my books, please see "footnote" three below the conclusion of this post for details)...
... a Northern Shoveler...
... and a Wood duck.
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