You may have seen this picture in yesterday’s post:
Due to full zoom and operator shake (can’t really blame the camera) the people in the boat are quite fuzzy. By enlarging the original picture and fudging a bit, I estimate there are about 24 people in the boat. To give you some perspective of the distance involved, look at this:
And this! The boat is just a little white dash in Crater Lake:
So . . . we were sitting in the car at Teddy Roosevelt National Park watching the big guy scratch his back while creating a huge dust cloud (him, not us), when he decided he didn’t like having an audience for his ablutions. He stood up, looked at us (or possibly that offensive and nosy Chevy Tahoe), put his head down and started to grunt HUUNH, HUUUNH, HUUUUNH, HUUUUUNH, HUUUUUUNH! Each grunt increasing in volume so we sped off in our own cloud of dust. We didn’t wait to see if he would take the trouble to charge after us.
The bison pictured below is an entirely different fellow. The poem is slightly misleading. He took no interest in us what-so-ever. I still had visions of the grunter above.
In checking my facts with that irrefutable source – Wikipedia – herons eat a number of aquatic creatures – fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic insects. I don’t know why I felt the need to bother as most of my poems are nonsense.
I make things up!
But it has given me the chance to use my new word. Mr. Heron had an ichthyic dinner. Compliments of Multifarious Meanderings in One Fish, Two Fish? Dead Fish: Goldfish.
I also happened on this incredible photo. I’ve never seen herons do this. Have you?
I’ve written poems for our grandsons which I presented to them in a booklet imaginatively named Poems for Boys. Do you know any boys (or girls) who would enjoy them? When our crazy Which Way Now life allows, I will post one every Saturday.
I found Ringo in the back of a pickup truck waiting patiently for his family to come out of a store. When they emerged I asked (them) if I could take his picture and he obligingly posed for the camera. His name really is Ringo!