Happiness Is…A Whole Host Of Herons

My daughter and I spent the last two days on our semi-annual get away, this time choosing the Chattanooga area for our adventures.  We hiked and hiked (and ate and ate!) and spent some time strolling along the Tennessee River.  We also encountered a whole host of Great Blue Herons, most of which were hanging out around the base of the Chickamauga Dam in hopes of feasting on some fresh fish.

There were standing Herons…

…and landing Herons…

…and striding Herons…

…and gliding Herons.

But the one thing the Herons all had in common was their quest to snare some food with fins!

As we watched, we saw some come away with a small catch…

…another managed a medium size meal…

…while this fellow clearly bit off more than he could chew!

The above photo was taken by my daughter (Katie) who had charge of the powershot with the extra zoom.  And speaking of Katie, it’s only fitting to post her picture as well!

For such large birds, Herons are remarkably graceful,

although on occasion they do display a rather awkward pose!

Our hopes had been to find some Wood Ducks to photograph, but none blessed us with their presence at the river, so we headed over to Booker T Washington State Park to see if we could find any at Chickamauga Lake.

Although we still had no luck spotting any Wood Ducks, we did find a beautiful wharf whose smell of Creosote (a word whose spelling in no way matches the southern Maryland pronunciation I grew up with!) transported me back to childhood days spent at my grandparents house on the Saint Georges river.

Oh, and we found another Heron of course, who landed on the top beam of the wharf to spy on the nearby fishermen.

 “Happiness is a Whole Host of Herons” would be a fitting title for this trip , but a better one would be “Happiness is Adventuring with My Girlie.”  We always have such fun on our get-aways.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post where I’ll share some of the lovely Tree Swallows we also had the pleasure of encountering.  Beautiful birds!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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25 Responses to Happiness Is…A Whole Host Of Herons

  1. Loved all the photos- especially the “awkward pose”!

  2. Lulu says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed taking bird shots. It’s always fun to see what catches your eye.

  3. 1nmbirder says:

    Wonderful set of photos! I love herons. And fabulous shots with fish. Especially that giant fish. Wow!

  4. Ann Fitzpatrick says:

    Nice adventure! Thanks for sharing the lovely photos, Kathy! Happy St. Paddy’s Day! ☘☘😎☘☘🌴😎☘

  5. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful heron captures Kathie they look so good in breeding plumage. Great captures of them capturing. great pic of Katie also, she looks a happy girl.

  6. de Wets Wild says:

    Fabulous photography, Kathy!

    The herons always have such an intensely serious look on their faces.

  7. pamkirst2014 says:

    Wow! I especially like the shot where the shadow of the heron’s head and neck fall on the inside of its wing…It looks like the bird has a wildly patterned feather-sleeve…

  8. Emma Cownie says:

    Great photos – I am particularly taken by the heron’s muscular thighs!

  9. Jodi says:

    WOW! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. bmoan1 says:


    Checking your blog each day is routine for me and my hubby as we share your love of birds.

    How nice to see today you were in our home town of Chattanooga. You have a shot here of a Blue Heron I would love to watercolor with your permission.

    I’ll reserve all my drawing/painting plans until hearing from you.

    Billie Moan Rambling Rose Studio

    Sent from my iPad


    • kathydoremus says:

      It makes me smile that you and hubby enjoy the blog. 🙂
      And you may always paint any of the pictures I post. It is a joy to share them.
      Now, if I had known I had a contact in Chattanooga I would have asked for recommendations on where to look for Wood Ducks! I struck on that endeavor!

  11. Mrs. Nally says:

    The photos of the Herons are magnificent. Great captures !

  12. Jill Kuhn says:

    Such great photos, I think my favorite besides your beautiful daughter, is the Heron with the shadow on its wings. An amazing shot! I also like the one of the dock as it reminds me of the lake we go to in the summer. Looking forward to warmer days… Glad you enjoyed your time with your daughter. 😍

  13. What a lovely collection of photographs!

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