It was early in the morning. The sun was slowly filtering through the fir trees when I spotted this Great Blue Heron relaxing & grooming high up in a nearby evergreen tree.
The colouring is exactly what the camera shot. I don't know if it was the contrast of the dark green against the blue of the heron or the filtered morning light that produced, what I believe to be, surreal photos of this beautiful bird. (Photos #1 - # 5)
The next weekend, I spotted a different heron (I believe) in the far west end of the pond, across the water from the fir trees. I think it might be a younger bird but the light in this instance is late afternoon and reflected by the pond water. Let there be no doubt that birds are probably the closest remaining relatives of dinosaurs. Pterodactyl comes to mind. :) (Photos #6 - #8)