Dark Day on Heron Island by shutterbug2010

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Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 marked a dark day in North Minneapolis history, a devastating tornado swept through my childhood neighborhood, damaging 800 homes and destroying 35.
Also in the path of the tornado was one of my favorite places in Minneapolis, a small island on the Mississippi River that was home to over 200 Great Blue Herons, we would visit in early spring to watch as they built their magnificent nests. Today we learned that approximately 180 Herons were killed in the tornado, the surviving birds, including the young, were relocated to an animal rescue and rehabilitation center in Roseville, Minnesota.
I don’t know if future colonies will nest on the island, hopefully they will, for it is such a grand sight to see so many beautiful wild birds so close to an urban setting.

Original photo shot with my Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, edited and textured in PSPX3 and PSE9

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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    I love the textures and colors of this. Wonderful work.

  • Thank you Lori, glad you liked it!

    – shutterbug2010

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    I am heartbroken about the tornadoes, too. I grew up near Joplin, Mo. There are over 120 dead and 1500 missing. I hope this weather pattern changes soon before there is any more loss of life and property. I am sorry for the damage in Minneapolis.

  • Minneapolis was lucky in comparison to Joplin, only a few lives lost here, and nowhere near the amount of destruction that Joplin suffered, my heart and prayers go out to all the victims. Scary to think that tornado season has only just begun.

    – shutterbug2010

  • Dennis Melling
    Dennis Mellingalmost 4 years ago

    A wonderful picture of a superb bird :)
    Sorry to hear about the tornado.

  • Thank you Dennis, glad I was able to see them a few times before this happened! I appreciate your comments.

    – shutterbug2010

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful work and sad story and hope for a good and speedy recovery for all concerned

  • Thanks for the sentiment Irene, I hope they make a strong comeback! Both the city and the birds!

    – shutterbug2010

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 4 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thank you Rick!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 4 years ago

    awesome work

  • Thank you very much!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulalmost 4 years ago
  • Thank you Vonne, I am very honored to have this piece selected for a feature, really means a lot to me for it to be seen and appreciated!

    – shutterbug2010

  • polly470
    polly470almost 4 years ago

    This is moody and brooding ..wonderful PP work and fantastic capture….

  • Thank you so very much Polly!

    – shutterbug2010

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 4 years ago

    Such a gorgeous shot and textures work! So sorry about the loss of life and devastation from the tornado. It has been a rough spring for many this year!

  • Thank you Angie, glad you liked it! We tried to get near the island today, the park is devastated, while we were out they issued more tornado warnings. Crazy time of year for weather!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 4 years ago

    awesome !

  • Thank you Elaine!!

    – shutterbug2010

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