In quiet light, a golden glow
lasting a hundred perfect heartbeats…
*Artist’s notes: I have had the wonderful chance of seeing herons actually sunning themselves like this. In fact, there was one day that absolutely struck me with awe about the playfullness of these birds.
I was working with a sheetrock crew, and the house we were at was on the banks of the Columbia river. We’d had a series of strange weather incidents in the valley, all of which flooded the river, and actually made a huge mess of it with countless trees/logs, branches, etc. being swept down the mountains and into the water. So for a couple of days, there was an endless log jam floating down the river.
I was taking a break at the house during one of those days, and noticed herons standing on the logs floating down the river. They had their wings held out like in my picture above, and they were facing the sun. They would float down just so far, then turn and fly back up river. Next thing you know…here they’d come again… on a new log. All day long these herons kept repeating that cycle, catching rides on the logs while they could…and sunning themselves in the process. I thought that was so interesting and cool. Plus, I love herons anyway…so, it just seemed fitting to add one to this piece. :)
(Original, 11×17 300dpi)
FULL VIEW RECOMMENDED
model: mjranum-stock http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/art/Little-...
Boat and water: sxc.hu http://www.sxc.hu/photo/937674
wing brushes: faeth-design http://faeth-design.deviantart.com/art/Wing-Bru...
textures: my own
©2007-2008 Aimee Stewart, Foxfires
My artwork and photos do not belong to the public domain