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"Cruisin' The Pass"

Photo Information
Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herons, Herons, BIRDS OF AMERICA, Herons, Birds / Aves, Heron [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-10 11:33
Viewed: 3068
Points: 16
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Great Blue Heron
Ardea herodias

More Info on the Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron wades the bay side of San Luis Pass at the far west end of Galveston Island. The Pass once was my favorite spot to go enjoy nature and the beach but rapid development is quickly bringing this oasis to an abrupt and costly end. Condos, apartments and houses are going up at an alarming rate on this lowest and narrowest part of the Island. Little if no protection is provided from Hurricanes and the tidal surge that accompanies them. With little thought of the consequinces, developers continue to pollute and destroy the wetlands and nursery areas that supply the Gulf of Mexico with an abundance of fish, shrimp and crabs. Reckless building on vunerable areas such as The Pass is the reason many insurance companies are canceling windstorm insurance along the Gulf Coast. The developers care little about the irrepairable damage they cause, thinking only of the almighty dollar. When will we learn that the Planet can only be so forgiving before She revolts as an act of self preservation? The delicate balance of nature can only endure so much total disregard for it's intricate workings before catastrophe ensues. When will we reach the limits of our careless actions and total disregard for the Planet?

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-10 11:36]

selam jim, excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hi Jim
The Blue Heron is one of my favorite birds. It's sad to know how their environment is being eaten up by developers. You should see if the Nature Conservency could buy the land.

Nice capture of this Blue Heron wading through the water. The light is a bit harsh but a nice portrait just the same.

TFS Janice

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-10 16:22]

Hi Jim,

I'm so glad you left the shore in the picture. It gives a good perspective of how far out the Heron is wading. Lovely colors and details.


Hi Jim An other nice shot of this Great Blue Heron beautiful composition well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-10 18:55]

Hi Jim,

I share your dismay about "development for the dollar" and the lack of concern for preserving natural habitats and taking steps to prevent the eroding away of our shorelines. When will we learn?

Beautiful shot of the Blue Heron. Very sharp focus, excellent light, and nice colors.

Some will say that you should have a little more space at the bottom for this photo because, even though we cannot see them, the legs are long, and it is like cutting off their legs. I don't know if it really makes much difference, but something to think about, I guess.

Have a good weekend.


Great motion insinuated by the body posture - good. Wonderful composition. Great color.

I love great blues and this is much better than any I have taken. They seem afraid of me. Nice stuff...you're getting quite the portfolio..

YN...SK..Secret code for something:-)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-11 5:30]

Great title!
and the composition, colours and details are all spot-on

Hi Jim,

A good POV of the blue heron, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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