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Wendell Berry Week

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 8 December 2008 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

“When despair for the world grows in me,
and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear
of what my life and my children's lives may be --
I go and lie down where the wood drake rests
in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace of the world,
and am free.”

(Wendell Berry)

NIKON D50 1/500 second F/5.0 210 mm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love these birds, and this is a great capture! Not often do we get to see their faces and the length of that beak in detail. Great!

8 Dec 2008 6:15am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love the details in the feather, well done Vf hugs for Bella :)

8 Dec 2008 9:35am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Beautiful detail and DOF of this Great Blue Heron. Touching words filled with emotional in this magnificent quote by Windell Berry. How I love to read phrases like this to enlighten the spirit.

8 Dec 2008 12:34pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

wonderful image - I love the background for him as well, it really sets him off.....

8 Dec 2008 12:52pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is a beauty! Love the detail in the feathers.

8 Dec 2008 1:53pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

wonderful details, such a beautiful capture

8 Dec 2008 2:16pm

Andrew from North Carolina, United States

Graceful animal. Nice catch!

8 Dec 2008 2:35pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

What beautiful words and they work wonderfully with the photograph.

8 Dec 2008 4:54pm

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

i havent heard of Wendell Berry but i love the words he penned,I am sure his hope is built on nothing less than His grace and righteousness:)

8 Dec 2008 5:14pm

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

forgot to say that the heron symbolises longevity and wisdom in chinese culture.The one you captured sure looked it!:)

8 Dec 2008 5:15pm

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Wonderful! Beautiful detail in the bird and beautiful verse.

8 Dec 2008 7:58pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

The beautiful 'blue' is among my very favorite birds. Great shot of this magnificent creature.

8 Dec 2008 9:18pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

A cool shot, and lovely colors too, and the light is just right.

9 Dec 2008 12:15am

Wolfgang - vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

The master stalker! Good shot!

9 Dec 2008 12:37am

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Excellent shot and poem!

9 Dec 2008 2:49am

Judy from Brooksville-Florida,, United States

One word ... SUPERB ... thank you for sharing both the exquisite photo and the words of Wendell Berry!

9 Dec 2008 2:52am

1/500 second
210 mm