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Grand Migration

A couple of days ago the herons flew onto the nearby (mostly drained) lake,
migrating from here to there.

Death, I've decided, is like a Grand Migration!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

Grand Migration

A couple of days ago the herons flew onto the nearby (mostly drained) lake,
migrating from here to there.

Death, I've decided, is like a Grand Migration!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]

comments (45)

  • Dotun
  • MD, USA
  • 28 Feb 2008, 00:13
Very nice Ginnie, I have missed you alot.
Ginnie Hart: I've missed you, too, Dotun, but for good reason on your end. You are one proud papa. And that reminds me that every time someone leaves us, another joins us. Congratulations for your Joy!
I always wish herons could speak so that answer my question:
"Do you really like migration?"

Nice decision Ginnie! I like migration from bad to good, good to better, better to "Best"...Oh NO, last one does not existsad

Sepia made it so impressive
Ginnie Hart: That's such a good question, Shahrooz. We could ask all the birds that go through this ritual. Maybe the last one DOES exist? I'd like to think so. Thank you so much.
Looks like even the herons are a little gloomy to mark the occasion, but I like your way of thinking about it.
Ginnie Hart: It was early in the morning, Martin, so it was still the "dawning." Once the sun was shining, they were gone. But you're right because my mood did affect my processing. Thanks for noticing.
Good outlook, Ginnie. This is lovely..and the toning is very fitting.
Ginnie Hart: Some situations make me ponder things more than others, ChiChi! Thank you for your kind words.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 28 Feb 2008, 01:22
I Like the the colour tone.Yes life continues no matter what
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Vintage. The cycles of Nature have much to teach us, for sure. Thank you.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 28 Feb 2008, 01:31
This is a beautiful shot! I love it in sepia and I agree that death is like a Grand Migration!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Helen. I like when we can find the lessons from Nature right before our very eyes!
Oh that is a good analogy. Beautiful!

And why is the lake drained? From the lack of rain I'd presume?
Ginnie Hart: Nature has so many analogies, Jen, if we but open our eyes. Death has a way of opening our eyes!

This is a man-made lake that they drain ever so often for one reason or another (can't remember why). OTHER lakes in Georgia are low because of not enough rain, but this is not one of them. So weird.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 28 Feb 2008, 04:48
Life presents us with many things that are full of meanings, Ginnie. Some pass them by blindly in ignorance. Others, like you, connect the dots.
Ginnie Hart: Connecting the dots is something I do the older I get, Viktor. Life is too short to not pay attention. Thank you for knowing!
  • rags
  • United States
  • 28 Feb 2008, 05:15
Superb image. I find these birds to be very majestic. Have a nice day!
Ginnie Hart: I'm just learning about herons, Kanyi. I haven't seen many of them in my lifetime, but I totally agree with you. They really are majestic. Thank you.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 28 Feb 2008, 05:15
Really lovely. I like the clear water free of plants in the corner to the right. Somehow it really helps with the framing, tying into the hill on the same side of the photo.
Ginnie Hart: Because the lake had been drained (for the repair of the seawall, etc.) there were still a few puddles here and there. So I was glad I was able to get one of them in the image, even though it wasn't planned. Thank you, Jewlya.
That is a splendid winter shot Ginnie: love it
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Chris. I'm glad you love it.
  • Astrid
  • the Netherlands
  • 28 Feb 2008, 05:33
Things does not happen without reason.....endless discussions we can have about that....I know things happen WITH reason....yes, like these herons, they came in for you to capture this stunning shot, the same day I saw a white heron....(angel)....death is the migration from one world to another world. The colors you used are very well choosen. This must have been a real treat after a good walk in the fresh air.....
Ginnie Hart: With reason. With divine intervention. Oh yes, Astrid. I believe deeply in all these so-called "random" things that happen. They open my eyes in wide anticipation to look for the things I may be missing all around me. This was indeed a treat. I almost missed it. Thank you, mijn vriend, for seeing your own "angel," who was for both of us that day.
  • kay
  • United States
  • 28 Feb 2008, 05:45
Hi Ginnie. What a beautiful and serene shot. I've never seen so many herons together like this. I've only seen them by themselves.

Death is a grand migration, that's what I think, anyway. So we agree!
Ginnie Hart: I'm beginning to think this was a rare sight indeed, Kay, just for me that day. I will never forget it. Thank you for understanding where I'm coming from!
  • ray
  • Thailand - Land of Smiles
  • 28 Feb 2008, 05:46
Yes...this is an excellent birdscape, Ginnie...IMHO you have shown super artistic judgement with your letterbox format and sepia tones...so much for me to learn from you [probably I would have focused on the eye of the fourth bird from the left, or some nonsense like that, which ignores the importance of perspective of the subject].
Ginnie Hart: Some of us have a niche the others of us don't have, Ray, like you with your incredible macros. But we are inspired to learn from each other, I know. Still, I will ALWAYS know and respect your own niche. It is your gift to me almost every day when I open you up. If I can give you my own gift, it becomes a full, connected circle. Thank you for that thought.
  • Katie
  • Morioka, Japan
  • 28 Feb 2008, 06:47
The grayness (brownness? ) of the lake is slightly depressing, but its offset by elegant herons. Lovely.
Ginnie Hart: It was early dawn, Katie, and there wasn't much light, but I was also waiting for my MIL to die, so it felt "right," if that makes sense. The herons seemed to know. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot to me.
The crop is the essential element in this image. allowing the protgonists to become centre stage and yet their habitat is clearly defined. I think I would have left a tad more colour in the ground behind the bird. A fabulous shot. richard
Ginnie Hart: I only had my 24-105 lens with me, Richard, so this was as close as I could get to the herons. That's why I decided to crop them this way. I'm so glad it worked. Thank you. I could have kept more color in the image, yes. In fact, at first I did, before changing my mind. So a part of me was definitely on your same page, if that counts. smile
A very wise decision Ginnie!
A wonderful appropriate image. I like the crop!
Ginnie Hart: I'm glad you like the crop, Richard. I had no choice since I only had my 24-105 lens and couldn't get in closer. I was glad when I saw that the letterbox format seemed to work. Thank you kindly.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Feb 2008, 07:39
The migration of the herons and other birds- every year- is a fascinating phenomen indeed, and we human beings connect this with some different feelings and thoughts- like you, and it is a very comforting thought and belief! Some days ago you called 'it' 'transition'- for me a beautiful imagination, too!
Ginnie Hart: Transition, migration.... I have a feeling that many more analogies will come to mind as I get older, Philine, and watch friends and family go. This is part of the aging process, as you know. And we learn from each other, especially from you who are the poets amongst us! Thank you, dear friend.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 07:49
What a lovely scene Ginnie, I have never seen so may herons together before. You mijn vriend are blessed with this sight and you captured it very well, as usual.
Love the crop and the tones you used...
Ginnie Hart: I'm beginning to think it was a special gift to me that day, Tracy. I didn't know then that it was a rare sight. I do feel blessed indeed. Dank je wel, mijn vriend.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 08:27
I like the metaphor Ginnie, and the photograph. You have captured a rather melancholy atmosphere, accentuated by the toning.
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely a melancholic moment for me, Ingrid, just days before Mom "migrated." I now see that it was a gift to me. Thank you.
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 08:36
Beautiful photograph, Ginnie. I`m guessing that the `subdued` tones came from within and I find the atmosphere of this shot is very fitting. Far from being sombre, I imagine it more like the exhalation of a gentle sigh. Your text tells me that your natural optimism and your sensitive understanding of the natural world will be a useful device for helping yourself and those around you in this difficult time.

I did send you a private e mail yesterday, but I was having problems with shutterchance, so I am not sure if it arrived.

Needless to say, it was just to let you know that I was think of you. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: The way you have described this exhalation, Roz, is so perfect for what I was feeling that day. YES. Thank you for seeing it that way. It was not a sombre moment. It was a promise of life that continues on another level. Thank you. Thank you.
Alas Ginnie, all of this life is a journey. Someday we will meet to part no more. Nice capture.
Ginnie Hart: We're on the same page, Kunle. It's the gift of what Life is all about. Death and resurrection.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 08:59
Deat has been described as many things but I have never heard it called - mass migration - before. An interesting concept. I see it like a conveyor belt. We start at one end and travel all the way to the end with no stopping of the process. Some sadly drop off the belt on the way.
Ginnie Hart: I now have another metaphor/analogy to add to my already-growing list about Death. Thanks, Chad. I really like that thought. Thank you.
They seem to be looking around, maybe wondering where the water is. I like to think of death as a passing or transition and yes, a migration. There is a lot of that on my mind - almost too much to think about.
Ginnie Hart: My thoughts are with you these days, Mary, even as yours were with me. I know and understand.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Feb 2008, 10:07
Comings and goings.
Relocations and migrations.

Great picture and conversion. It is about feelings.
Ginnie Hart: Since I usually live in my head, Louis, it has been good to find my feelings. You are so right. This is about feelings. Thank you.
I love the sence of this photo
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Chantal. There was certainly sense in it for me that day.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 28 Feb 2008, 11:45
Like Capture it said, while migration sounds so beautiful, the word and the idea, I wonder if it is as pleasant as all that. But I suppose animals don't think about it too much, unlike us.

But I do like your way of thinking.
Ginnie Hart: The actual process is part of what makes them alive, Ruth, I'm guessing. Isn't that weird! Instinct is programmed into us all. It makes me want to really think about what all that means in relation to Life's Journey, and where instinct stops and the will/mind take over. Maybe we can philosophize about it some day.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 28 Feb 2008, 12:17
Nice crop and I love the conversion Ginnie. For the people left, the migration takes a lot longer.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aussie. I'm guessing it's good that most of us have no idea how long it'll take.
Beautiful and inspirational Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Scarlet. That means a lot to me!
  • Bernie
  • Stoke
  • 28 Feb 2008, 13:25
That's some amount of herons all in one place Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I'm finding out, Bernie. I didn't know it at the time, so I'm seeing it as the Universe's special gift to me that moment. Thank you.
  • xavi
  • Spain
  • 28 Feb 2008, 15:48
me encanta...genial panoramica, muy bien conseguida. OOOK
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Xavi. You are so kind.
quel panoramique adorable!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, O-P. I felt very blessed to see what I'm learning is a rare sight.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 28 Feb 2008, 16:36
Just wonderful !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Reza!
Lovely picture Ginnie and a fine sentiment.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so very much, Bill.
Life as a journey is the usual metaphor - afterwards will always be a mystery for those left behind. The birds certainly have the look of passengers in the transit lounge - wandering about waiting for the call to set off again ;o)
Ginnie Hart: The Journey, the Mystery. That's what Life seems to be all about, Mike. I do know that feeling of "waiting for the call." I wondered if the waiting would ever end! It did, of course, as we knew it would. Thank you for your thoughts.
Very nice in the panoramic format and the tones are very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Michael. I'm glad it worked out the way it did.
A lovely aura surrounding this picture Ginnie exactly conveying your feelings at this time. Lets hope the sun will rise over you and your family, and in your pictures, before too long
Ginnie Hart: The sun is indeed rising on us all, Brian. I'm sure there will be many tears at the memorial service on Saturday...and then much later. But right now, we're enjoying the family we still have. That's what's important right now! You'll start seeing it soon in my images, I'm sure. Thank you for your kind words.
Well don't be migrating any time soon, will you?

This is another masterful shot, Ginnie, cropped to make a superb composition.

I've never seen more than two herons at once. It must be a sight to behold.
Ginnie Hart: Hopefully it's not my time yet, Colin! smile One mom at a time. But as always, thank you for your kind expression. I've been learning from everyone that this must have been a rare sight to have so many herons gathered at once. It must have been just for me in my hour of need!
  • Still
  • France
  • 28 Feb 2008, 21:24
What a nice meeting, looking like a ballet...
Perhaps death is really like a Grand Migration... a consoling idea...
Ginnie Hart: It consoled me, Still. Thank you so much.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 28 Feb 2008, 21:33
great photo ginnie, having lost both parents i kind of agree with you on the migration theory, here today gone tomorrow who knows where, but i hope its beautiful placesmile
Ginnie Hart: I lost my parents, too, Tim, 13 and 11 years ago. Time is a great healer, so I know we'll find healing again. You know. Thank you.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2008, 22:07
Ok you got my attention, Grand Migration ? And I love Herons.

Ginnie Hart: Donica's mom just passed away this week, Johnny, so it got our attention, too! These herons were like a gift to me. Thank you.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 28 Feb 2008, 22:21
Lovely shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave!
Passing from one place to another, a good metaphor Ginnie, and a good picture as well, we have only one heron here on the marshes and I still have not yet been able to get a picture of it.
Ginnie Hart: I guess I really AM lucky, Les, to have seen and captured this flock. WOW. It clearly was a gift to me when I needed it. Thanks.
Nice shot and clever panoramic choice !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Aksel
  • ...home at last
  • 7 Mar 2008, 22:57
I like your interpretation of death - and you have a beautiful pic to follow - I like those birds
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so much, Aksel. Sometimes you don't think of things until you're in the middle of them!

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