Fishing the Shallows – Great Blue Heron
Limited Edition of 100, 18″ x 25.5″ – $150.00
Open Edition 10″ x 8″ – $30.00
Herons are interesting as they have so many poses and different appearances. With elongated necks stretched high and long legs standing tall, they are slim but graceful and elegant. In flight, the neck becomes a tight S-curve with legs and feet straight behind. Standing, herons often take a hunchback pose with the curved neck appearing to have a subtle layering of feathers. Crouching, their head appears to be resting on their neck. Long pointy plume feathers on the backs and necks of breeding birds add beauty to their bodies for courtship.
In the composition, “Fishing the Shallows”, a great blue heron has eaten its fill of minnows, frogs, salamanders, insects, and more. Wading through the shallow water, it searches for food slowly and methodically. Just before striking forward to capture its prey, the heron patiently stands still and watches, sometimes rippling the water ever so slightly with a foot to intimidate prey into giving themselves away. The heron’s timing is all important. In the drawing, the satiated heron, in full breeding plumage, has hunkered down resting after fishing the shallows.