Great Blue Heron

Wading in the Shallows

Wading in the Shallows

We camped on the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks, in the southern part of Missouri, and awakened to harsh croaking sounds. I quickly discovered that these calls belonged to a group of herons enjoying the foggy dawn with a bit of companionable fishing.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Joanna Young says:

    What a beautiful shot! Hope you had (are having?) a good trip. Like the new theme by the way – very clean.

  2. I think they are majestic birds, have a look at some heron chicks

  3. What a beautiful place to stop and camp at the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks. Very nice capture of the heron and reflective water. 🙂

  4. Stunning image!! One of my favorite birds to photograph. Camping in the Ozarks sounds dreamy. Hope your trip is good!!

  5. So very beautiful. What a wonderful way to wake up.

  6. I really like your alarm clock! Great shot!

  7. Fantastic shot of a gorgeous bird. 🙂

  8. Wow–you are getting really good at reflections and shadows. I see a theme developing. Those birds are big!

  9. Nice shot, Bo. Great Blue Herons are lovely birds with a very loud and ungainly “honk!” They’re here in abundance, as in many places. I love them – great to wake up to.

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