Help me make it through the night by Bonnie T.  Barry


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Help me make it through the night by 

Mother and child Great Blue Heron as night falls . . . I thought of the song, “Help me make it through the night” while I worked on this piece.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give my husband Tommy credit for this photo. He saw the mother and child as he was driving in St. Mary Parish. He pointed them out to me, turned the vehicle around, and positioned the truck so I could get this shot. Without his keen eyes, I would have missed this endearing scene. Thank you, Tommy; I couldn’t do it without you!


waterfowl, louisiana, nesting, nightfall, great blue heron, mother and child, water birds, textured photo, herons on nest, nest of sticks, st mary parish, tree top nest, nesting season


  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 5 years ago

    Outstanding capture, my friend. Perfect framing, and I can see how you thought of that song. Bravo!! Agnes xx

  • Thanks so much, dear Agnes.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous image and treatment! Perfect title with so much emotion. I just love the colors and how the birds seem to be protected by the framing of the trees!

  • And I just love when people see things I hadn’t observed. I appreciate your thoughtful insights, Joni.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Anji Johnston
    Anji Johnstonover 5 years ago

    So beautiful – mother nature at her best

  • Mother Nature at her best indeed! The minute I shot this image, I had a special feeling about it. Thank you for noticing and taking the time to comment.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • janpiller
    janpillerover 5 years ago

    awwww!!! how beautiful!

  • Thank you, Jan; I appreciate your support.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • sharon wingard
    sharon wingardover 5 years ago

    lovely shot it looks like a painting

  • Thank you, Sharon; when I looked at the playback image in my camera, I said the same thing to my husband; “It looks like a painting.” I added some textures to enhance that effect and I’m so happy with your comment as it affirms what I was trying to achieve. God bless!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rover 5 years ago

    Thank God for mother nature. All you have to do is be there at the right time at the right place. Sure glad you were able to get this beautiful, quiet masterpiece. Thank you for sharing.

  • First of all, I love your screen name, Happy Feet! I bet you love to dance; so do I! You have made me very happy with your observations; so kind of you to encourage me in this way! Keep “dancing!”

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 5 years ago

    This is a master piece. Excellent capture.

  • I appreciate your kind words; how reassuring to get such encouraging words from my friend!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayover 5 years ago

    marvelous! It has so much feeling in it. Good for Tommy’s sharp eyes! :) So many times Robert sees something before I do, even when he’s the driver…fun to work together…

  • Donna, you and I share the same joy of going on little excursions with our spouses in search of that hidden treasure awaiting discovery. May you and hubby enjoy many more such outings and keep sharing your findings with us. Life is at its best when we can enjoy simple things like this. Glad we can “compare notes.” Thanks so much for your input.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Karen Scrimes
    Karen Scrimesover 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous Bonnie. Thank goodness for your sweet husband!! A beautiful image :))

  • Thank God indeed for my sweet husband Tommy of 38 years; he is the person who surprised me with my first DSLR camera. I didn’t even want one, but somehow he knew I’d love this hobby. He has since gifted me with more and more equipment and he is my personal “chauffeur” as we strike out regularly in search of “the find” of the day! Thanks for commenting, Karen; I appreciate it and I’m so happy you made note of my husband’s important role in my life.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutover 5 years ago

    Now I have that song stuck in my head…. thank you.
    Your image is spectacular, Bonnie!
    Your hubby has a good eye…

  • He has a good eye, Maria, and an even better heart! A heart of gold and a generosity that is endless. Thank you for leaving a kind word; I appreciate that and I appreciate you, my friend.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

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