Thursday – A little Personal

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. I will close this year with a couple of photos of some Herons who I  see during my bike rides on the beach.

IMG_1284 I managed to get close enough to take his picture. The day was foggy and misty so this photo although in color looks more like a black and white.


Here is another Heron sitting on the dune walkover last week just before it was torn down. This was taken at the finish of my ride.



So this is pretty much how the year ended. Lots of wind, rain and fog.

Best wishes for 2016.



  1. Happy New Year, John! 🙂

    1. Happy New Year Dean.

  2. Happy New Year, John.
    Wishing you much writing, blogging and publishing success in 2016.

    1. All the best to you as well.

  3. This is so beautiful and thank you for the wishes, Wish the same to you! Nice images.

    Have a look at my recent post too and share your views >>

    1. Thank you for the visit.

      1. You’re welcome, do have a read on my blog too 🙂

  4. Herons are so magical to me. These are lovely photos, John. Happy New Year’s Eve. Have a thriving Thursday and a thriving 2016. Hugs.

    1. You as well Teagan. I’m looking forward to 2016 in Atonement.

  5. Happy New Year! Love seeing herons fly. Had one in the area this spring, which was odd. Think it scared the wits out of a local hawk since it was standing in a pine tree.

    1. We also have a hawk but he is very shy. Maybe the Herons keep him that way. Happy New Year.

      1. Hawks are fun. Had a mating pair near the Florida apartment. They’d hop around the ground even if I was sitting at one of the picnic tables.

  6. Nice shots, John!

    Here’s wishing you the best of everything in the New Year.

    Peace and love to you and yours

    1. And to you Cayman. Let’s do another twelve months.

  7. Great shots John.. Happy New Year hugs

    1. Thanks Sally. Happy New year.

  8. Nice – They are such interesting birds. I love watching them walk and fish. Happy New Year John!

    1. Thanks Dan. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  9. Although our December has been abnormally warm (only a handful of days not above normal). But it has gotten colder for our transition into 2016 – thus I appreciate the warm images you’ve captured. Happy New Year to you and yours … and may 2016 bring you much joy.

    1. Thank you Frank. Joy and health to you as well.

  10. Wishing you all the best in 2016 John!

    1. Thanks Lynn. All the best to you as well

  11. John, you have a Happy New Year too. Best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2016.

    1. And double back to you.

  12. Herons and kingfishers are daily visitors out my office window. They’re both pretty skittish. The heron even sees me moving through the window and gets nervous. Hope you have a great 2016.

    1. It is fun to watch them watch me. You would think I have a shotgun in my hand. Happy New Year Craig. Let’s do more of this in 2016

      1. You too. Looking forward to it.

  13. And a happy and prosperous 2016 to you! Thank you for taking time to visit my humble blog in 2015!

    1. It is always a pleasure to visit you. Happy New Year.

  14. Hi John,
    A most happy new year to you, too,

    1. A very prosperous and Happy New Year to you Pit. I’m glad we ran into each other on the virtual highway. (and no insurance claims were needed)

      1. It’s mutual, John. Meeting new people and becoming new (virtual) friends is one aspect of blogging I like a lot.

  15. Nice pics! Happy new year, John,

    1. Thanks Cassidy. Happy New Year to you.

  16. How do seashore photos always look great, no matter what the weather’s doing?! Herons and gulls are my favourite birds, even if they’re nuisances at times – have a comfy and warm New Year’s Eve, John! 😀

    1. Have a wonderful New Year Jan. It was very special for me in getting to know you this year. I will be getting to Milele Safari next.

  17. And a very Feliz año nuevo to you too, Juan!

    1. Una muy Feliz Año Nuevo para usted Kevin

  18. Happy New year across the Gulf!

    1. Thank you Susan. HNYTY

  19. I’ve yet to get close enough to a heron to get as good a photo as you have here, John — wow! Makes me eager to try my hand again, the next time we go south. Happy New Year’s to you from equally grey — but probably much colder! — Illinois!!

    1. Stay warm Debbie and Happy New Year.

  20. Happy New Year, John! Love those herons. I get to see quite a few around here and it’s always a thrill 🙂

    1. Yes it is especially when I can get close. Happy New Year Marie.

  21. Happy New Year to one of my very favourite authors! Hope 2016 is a superb year for you my friend! 🙂

  22. Gorgeous way to close out the year. 😀

  23. Great photos, John! We have a Great Blue Heron that lives around the lake behind our house. I’ve yet to capture his photos…he’s shy I guess.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    1. Happy New Year Jill. 🙂

  24. It’s an honor to know you, John.

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