A Great Blue Heron in My Yard


This is purely a personal post which has nothing to do with celiac disease or gluten-free living. I was so thrilled about this heron, though, I just had to tell you about it.

We bought this house four years ago and the first thing we saw was the back yard. That was all it took. The yard had so much character and a pond, which the boys thought was really cool. We’ve done a lot to the yard since then, including rebuilding the pond and adding a beautiful waterfall.

One morning last week I heard my youngest son making a commotion. He had looked out an upstairs window and saw this great blue heron standing in our waterfall. He wanted us to come see it, but he didn’t want to stop watching. This heron was really big, “scary big” as one of my boys said. We stood there amazed when someone finally said, “Get the camera!” The picture was taken from my kitchen window, and while you don’t get the full effect, I think it turned out pretty well. The bird spread its great wings and flew off shortly after I took the picture, and that was our excitement for the day. It’s nice to know that even living in a D.C. suburb, we get our share of wildlife. I’m still waiting to see one of the pileated woodpeckers that live in our neighborhood. Maybe I’ll have a picture to share one day.

I’m going out of town for a couple of days so I won’t have a Friday Foodie Fix post tomorrow. I’ll be back next week and will post the giveaway winners!

About Linda Etherton

I have been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious. Through sharing recipes, menu plans, and information, I hope to help others enjoy a happy gluten-free life.
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  1. Diane-The Whole Gang says:

    That is so cool! It's strange, I've seen 4 of these blue herons flying around this week. Must be a sign. I'll have to look that up. I live in NOVA so maybe I saw your Heron! The best part about that story was your son's reaction. Great job Mom!

  2. Eileen says:

    Wow..so cool. Glad you took a picture to share. Thanks

  3. That is so cool! That's a great shot – especially for being taken through a window. That's pretty amazing.

  4. Wow! What a beautiful picture! They are such amazing birds.

  5. In your back yard! That is great! I love it when something happens like that and then you hear, "Get the camera!"

    Beautiful shot, I'm glad you caught it.

  6. gfe--gluten free easily says:

    Great shot! I assume you don't have prized goldfish in that pond. Blue herons love them. We have blue herons here on our lake and at our mtn property on the river. I love watching them.

    We have pileated woodpeckers in our yard/woods, but have never gotten a picture. Hubby said he saw baby pileated woodpeckers the other day on some other wooded property we have. :-)

    I didn't realize you were outside D.C. Not too, too far away.


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