Last weekend as I was leaving my friend's magical cottage on the lake I stopped dead in my tracks. A Great Blue Heron was wading at the shore line showing his great majestic presence. We both stood in stillness aware of each other, afraid to move. My camera was buried deep into my bag which I carried on my shoulder, I reached in ever so carefully with the awareness that my moving might send the great bird into flight. We stayed into one another's awareness long enough for me to get these shots. There is beauty all around us, it is up to us to notice and feel gratitude for what is there.