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Great Blue Heron Rookery RVA

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Thursday morning I ran across an article in the paper devastating and left me feeling physically sick the rest of the day.

Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Scores of great blue herons that nest in the James River in downtown Richmond are missing. “The birds have moved somewhere else,” said Ralph White, retired manager of the city’s James River Park. If any herons nest here this year, it will probably be just a few, White predicted.
Heron rookeries do break up, with most or all of the birds moving elsewhere for reasons that aren’t clearly understood.

As I’ve photographed the rookery and pipeline close to decade it’s best described by a National Geographic photographer that I would see occasionally there,
“this is therapy for me”.
It has also been a personal journey of my digital photographic evolution.

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“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”

~ Leonardo da Vinci

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My last tribute to the purple martins that also left our city a couple of years back. “C’est la vie”

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The Virginia State Capitol is pretty much straight up the hill from the pipeline, rookery, and 14th street bridge. I’m sure I won’t be alone in missing so many of these grand birds.

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