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Desert Wetlands

I still have a hard time saying those two words together without laughing, but if you follow Magpie’s blog you know that they do indeed exist.

There is one section that is old, dry, and neglected. It looks like it was a nice place to walk once. Not so much anymore. Then there is a lush and beautiful side, teeming with all sorts of wildlife….

Moment of Zen

… Which you cannot get to. Sadly, that part is currently not open to the public and can only, legally, be accessed by permit. So we did what all good, law abiding citizens do and got a permit!

This means YOU

But even then you can’t get to the really good part. All I could think of was the song “Signs” and the line “Hey you, what gives you the right to put up a fence to keep me out and you keep all the nature in?” We want to be over there with the egrets, the pelicans, the yellow headed blackbirds and ducks! Not. Fair. At. All.

Life through the fence

After scoping it out earlier in the week, We knew we could make our way to the nesting place of the Great Blue Herons. As we walked up to the tree, I think Magpie counted 7 of them.

The Blue Heron Tree

They watched us cautiously. Some of them got a little nervous. They were tolerant but vigilant.

On guard

They are such magnificent birds and fun to watch and photograph. Alas, the trip was not a total bust.

Life among the treetops

But Magpie is determined to get on the other side of that fence someday, and I believe she will – one way or another.

Boo hoo

( I used my Oly Pen PL-2 on this trip and posted this blog using Blogsy for iPad. Photos were edited using Snapseed and PhotoToaster.)

9 responses

  1. Oh, I had no idea there were Great Blue Heron in the Valley! Thank you for sharing this. I absolutely LOVE the last image of the three Heron and how you’ve processed it. It looks like it belongs in a birding book, or better yet, framed and hung on the wall. Stunning!

    March 18, 2012 at 9:49 AM

  2. Oh, how fabulous to see herons nesting in the tree, and so many! Great photos and I love your creative touches. ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

  3. Magpie

    You did such a great job of showing all there was to see, Tracy. Even that neurotic, pouting photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

  4. ha like the heron pics…those are nice…and i already dropped my idea on how to get in the fence…you need to decide who will be the escapee though and who will be the handler trying to catch them…you might be able to find a straight jacket at the goodwill to make it look more serious….

    March 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

  5. You and Magpie both did a great job at capturing the herons. That must have been a wild sight to see that many herons with their huge wingspans in the sky above you! I think there is a nice wetlands area out in the Mesa area too, but, yes, desert wetlands does seem to be an oxymoron. I’m glad it’s not.

    March 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

  6. It’s like a rest stop for the cranes. Love the last shot.

    March 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

  7. You guys are funny! Glad you got the permit to see the nests!! That is really exciting. I love what you did to the pics as they capture the feel of the tree and nests! I still cannot believe that Great Blue Herons live here in the desert. Seeing one fly, makes the mind wander:) If I ever get up there, this is definitely a place I’m going to check out. Thanks for the info on permit etc. The heron nests are worth the visit alone:)

    March 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

  8. Excellent job in spite of the fence and sign. Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery…. yea I remember that song!

    March 19, 2012 at 7:10 PM

  9. What a great place photograph these birds. I hope you and Magpie get behind that fence one day and share the photos with all of us.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:38 AM