Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Great Blue Herons and Cicadas~

Seventeen days

Fourteen states

Six thousand sixty-eight miles

Three thousand five hundred twenty images

Ten National Parks


We have just arrived safely back home. 

These images were taken before our journey began and I wanted to say hi and let ou know we enjoyed our journey far from home and feel very refreshed and oh so blessed to be home safe once again. 
Tons to share, yet that must come later. 
I hope that each of you are doing very well...I have missed you~

I am linking up with Stewart at:

Wild Bird Wednesday



  1. glad you are back home again! good to see a post from you. :)

  2. glad you are back...thanks for the wonderful pictures...hope to see more from your trip. cheers.

  3. Love your Great Blue Heron and Cicada shots:) Glad you had a great time and look forward to your adventures.

  4. Isn't it good to be back? Amazing photo collections and collages!!

  5. A great series of photos and the Herons flying across the lake are especially beautiful.

  6. Carissima Mary....FAIRYTALE Imagines....a magnificient Blue Herone floating so very elegant over the sparkling water....sublimissimo ...just sublime this very first imagine, but not less beautiful all the wonderful captures of the autumn fruits and its visitors...!

    The Herone which is flying over the "golden water mirror"...what spectacular could not be more beautiful, cara Mary!

    Oh, it's been soooo long I had no possibility to come back in your magnificient Nature , so I truly am so happy to be here again and enjoy all the Beauty and Nature you show so magnificiently, accompaigned with your fascinating writings, dearest Mary!

    Have a wonderful start in your gorgeous autumn & wishing you fantastic exploratings in your world!

    Un abbraccio
    ciao ciao elvira

  7. Nice set of pictures - I always like herons.

    The cicadas will be starting to sing here soon - they always make a hot day feel hotter.

    Stewart M - WBW - Australia

  8. You are such a gifted photographer! Each and every capture is stunning! Herons are one of my favorite subjects to photograph, as they provide such lovely photo opportunities. Looking forward to viewing images from your vacation!

  9. Wow, Mary. Your images of the Heron are wonderful. The reflection in the first shot is divine!
    I'm looking forward to seeing your holiday shots.

  10. oh, i love your views here. i wish i could pick a fav. they are all so wonderful. (:

  11. I'm in awe of anyone who can get great shots of birds in flight! You should feel very pleased with yourself!!

  12. What a beautiful post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  13. Such lovely pictures, both of the heron and those seed that looked like hearts! Never seen anything like it before! Do you know the name?
    Greetings Pia in Sweden

  14. The herons over the water have an impressionistic look to them. Beautiful shots, all!

  15. Sounds like you did lots of travelling with lots of photo opportunities Mary. You're back on form with the colours and the mosaics too. The cicada looks really weird although obviously I know it's not really weird, just wonderful. Look forward to seeing lots of your travel shots soon when you have time to sort them out. I know it takes forever I to get back to normal froma holiday.


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