April 27, 2005
Volume 1 - Number 92

reflection of an immature little blue heron feeding at sunset in Wakodahatchee Wetlands.

This issue started out with my using the full photo of this immature little blue heron. When I began to describe why I chose it, which was mainly for the droplets and the pool of water, I decided to see what it looked liked cropped.

Once again I'm reminded of the impact of FOCUS and communicating that which is most important. In training many years ago, one of the most empowering things I learned was to remind myself, when speaking, "the point is..."

Since I started here writing about color changes, I will include it, though it is no longer related to the final photo and might be of interest to the bird lovers here. It also might give pause to some who might like to consider changes we as humans go through as we mature.

If you look at the full bird photo you'll notice that the bird is predominantly white.
At least two of the bird species at Wakodahatchee are white at birth and change colors as they mature. The little blue heron turns a slate colored blue and the anhinga turns pedominantly black with beige on the underside of the neck. Conversely the white ibis is mottled with black and grey until it matures.

"I certainly do see the band leader. The upflung arms are unmistakable. The "hat," to me, looks like a bottle (champagne?). Uh oh, he's reaching up to open it!"
Mary Gray

"This is the version I love! It has depth!!!."
Lea Ciocci. I think Lea's voice might have been in the back of my head when I made the switch in images today. The depth often comes from the focussing.

In a reply to another e-mail I sent to her, Lea had continued on, "Oh yes, I enjoyed what you said about focus. I am one who sees the whole picture and I am working on learning how to focus in on details better.

Here I am touched by how you can see into the flower and as such see the flower totally different. I think people look at the surface of a person they interact with, whether it is looks, or just how they deal with the person, and never take the time to see deep within that person. I think many times a person is judged and then the interaction doesn't change because the opportunity to see the person in many different ways is overlooked!

Once again, Lea and Mary, thank you both for your contributions to us.

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