Kip’s Comments 8-3-14

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A Reunion With Old Friends

The last couple of weeks I was busier than I’ve been in ages. First there was RAGBRAI, then a week of supporting the Bremer County Fair, with an all-night fire response thrown in the middle of week. Sometimes it seemed life would never be normal again. Then there was last night. We had the final event of the fair – the NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull. When I turned off my radio and drove home, life began the transition back to my normal routine. I slept a little later than I planned this morning, but still made it on the water before the sun was high in the sky. As if it was planned, I had a couple of great blue herons to photograph. One was skittish; one was not. Life was back to normal! The heron that sat still allowed me to shoot many photos with various poses. Following is a sampling of great blue heron images recorded this morning.  

Great Blue Heron:  

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271090

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271116

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271216

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271240

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271299

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271321

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271334

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271342

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271373

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 2713783

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271406

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271414

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 2714133

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271494

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271523

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271545

 

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Great Blue Heron – Image 271548

 

As I paddled back to my truck I noticed a buttonbush in its prime. This is one of its interesting flowers.  

Buttonbush:

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Buttonbush – Image 271573

 

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