This morning as I got ready for work, I peeked through the curtains in my bedroom out at the lake in my backyard. I saw the flock of Canadian geese that have made my yard their home and, among them, a stranger: long-legged creature standing taller than the geese with a long, slender yellow beak. He stood near the water's edge looking more graceful than a goose and a little out of context in my backyard.
I immediately put down my earrings, threw on some shoes, and grabbed my camera. I had time; I wouldn't be late for work by stopping to snap a picture or two.
From my back porch I got two pictures before he moved out of view, behind my landlord's business. I zoomed in as close as I could (unfortunately this meant using digital as well as optical zooming). The picture's quality leaves something to be desired, but from the shape of his body and the coloring on his head, I was able to determine that I think I was visited by a great blue heron!
I love this backyard.