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Sunday, April 14, 2019

It's Look Up In The Sky Day!

According to a number of sources, today is Look Up In The Sky Day. One web-page (and other references concur) suggests that "Maybe this unofficial holiday, with unknown origins, aims to encourage people to go outdoors and enjoy the various bounties of nature..."

Fortunately I don't need a holiday —  be it official or unofficial — to look up in the sky or enjoy nature. I feel very blessed that I am able to appreciate the little aspects of life, such as my sighting of a Black-crowned night heron, although he/she is hardly little; as evidenced in my photograph atop this entry.

I took this picture the other day soon after I had seen American Goldfinches in The Feeder Area within Central Park. I came upon this avian creature as I was making my way home and because I was looking up at the sky; I saw a "blob" in the tree tops and figured it must be a bird.

Thankfully, I have a very long lens on my camera, which enabled me to decipher that the blob I saw was a Black-crowned night heron. I had heard this type has been seen in the park which helped me to realize who I was seeing.

He/she remained in the tree tops and it was difficult to get a picture because the camera thought I was focusing on the branches and not the bird behind them or in the thick of them.

In fact there were a few of them within the tree tops, but I was only able to follow one with my camera due to what I've mentioned about cameras thinking they know what one is focusing on; much in the same way auto-correct thinks it knows the words one is trying to type.

In any event, here are a few more pictures of the Black-crowned night heron.

I'm always amazed at how much time birds will spend standing still in the tree tops and I want to follow their example of being still and taking in the surroundings.

So on this unofficial holiday, dear reader, I encourage you to Look Up at The Sky, Superman might not be there...

... but something surely will.

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