March 1, 2009

A Great Blue Heron on the San Mateo County Coast

OK, I know this blog is called New Democracy Blog" and it explores the intersection of new media, technology, elections and civic engagement but as publisher and editor in chief, I feel it appropriate to take liberties now and then. Today, that is the case.

Cabin fever struck about 8:00 am this morning. For some reason I had it in my head to take a drive over to the coast, about 12 miles, and take some photographs of the ocean. Since it was raining, I packed my umbrella, rain jacket and my trusty Olympus E 510. The plan was to go to two state beaches, Pomponio and Pescadero. Both are South of Half Moon Bay on California State Route 1, around 9 and 12 miles respectively.

After enjoying the secluded beaches and taking several pictures, I decided to drive to Redwood City the back way - up the Pescadero Creek Highway from Highway 1 through Pescadero, Loma Mar, La Honda, Woodside and then home. When I turned the corner leaving the coast highway, heading East, I noticed a large bird up ahead on the left side of the road.

It was a
Great Blue Heron, the largest in the Heron family and he was just standing by the side of the road. I took several pictures of the great bird as we studied one another and you can see them here. In the meantime, enjoy the picture of Adrea herodias below.

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