Little But Proud – Green Herons


After my previous post about the Black-crowned Herons, several people remarked about the similarities between the juveniles and the Green Herons (Butorides virescens).   Here are several photos of some Green Herons that I have taken over the past year or two.  Something that I didn’t mention before, neither of these species is what you would call majestic, like the much larger Great Blue Heron which stands nearly 4 feet tall.  The Black-crowned is only 25 inches tall, and these Green Herons pictured below are still smaller at 19 inches.

Green Heron - adult

Green Heron - young adult

Green Heron - juvenile

Green Heron - juvenile

Green Heron - juvenile

Green Heron - juvenile

A little story about the 3rd and 4th photos from the top.  (I know you love a story.) 🙂

It was during the annual Lily-Fest at the International Water Lily Collection here in San Angelo.  It was the year 2009.  The festival is to bring the vast ponds of beautiful water lily blossoms to the attention of the masses.  They have music, vendors, etc.  But it seemed that at this presentation, two Green Herons decided to steal the show.  They flew into the ponds, of which there are five.  They skipped from one water lily pad to another, to the joy of the 300 or so people in attendance.  They were oblivious to the crowd as they tried to catch the little minnows that were in the water.

I hoped you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed bringing them to you.  Click on any of them to see an enlargement.

San Angelo Water Lily Fest – 2011


As I have mentioned in previous posts, San Angelo, Texas is home to the largest international water lily collection in the world.  Fans of the beautiful water plants and blossoms come here from all over the world to see and study our flowers.  Ken Landon, the curator is the man behind all of this, obtaining the plants from other countries so San Angelo can keep on having the best and the biggest.

The Chamber of Commerce presents an annual festival to show off the gardens and today was the day.  A new species that was developed and bred by Mr. Landon, was presented to the city, and by proclaiming through the state judicial system, it has been named the Texas State Water Lily.  Our State Representative Mr. Drew Darby was the man behind that effort.  The species’ name is Texas Dawn.  It is pictured below.

"Texas Dawn" - State Water Lily of Texas

While I was at the water lily gardens I strolled around and got these images of some of the other water lilies.

Blossom from San Angelo Water Lily Collection

Blossom from San Angelo Water Lily Collection

Blossom from San Angelo Water Lily Collection

Blossom from San Angelo Water Lily Collection

So is not to take up a lot of space with EXIF data, suffice it to say that I shot all images with my Canon EOS 7D.  I used my Canon f4-5.6 IS 100-400mm zoom lens.  Basic exposures were with Aperture priority, at  ISO 400.  I processed bottom four images with PhotoMatix HDR pro, then fine tuned in Photoshop.

Also while there I met a young budding photographer Amanda Berrie.   David Tarver, another local wildlife photographer was there, as were my old friends from the San Angelo Visitors Center.

I hope you enjoy the images.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

San Angelo’s International Water Lily Collection


San Angelo, Texas, is proud to own one of about only five certified International Water Lily Collections.  It contains four separate large pools of Water Lily specimens from all over the world.  I hadn’t been down to see them in several months, so Sunday morning I decided it was time to make a visit.  We weren’t disappointed, as even though the temperatures were approaching the 100 mark again, the blossoms looked beautiful.

We had to wait until late morning to see the blossoms.  Most of these blossoms close up at night, so we had to wait until late morning to get these photographs.  By then, the sun was high and bright.  Consequently, I had to adjust the EV quite a bit.  I hope you enjoy the images.  Click on any one of them for an enlargement.

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/250 sec. @ f11 – minus 1.3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 100
  • Lens focal distance – 200mm
  • Metering – Partial
  • Aperture priority

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/800 sec. @ f11 – minus 1.3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 100
  • Lens focal distance – 190mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/800 sec. @ f11 – minus 1.3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 100
  • Lens focal distance – 340mm
  • Metering – Partial
  • Aperture priority

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/800 sec. @ f11 – minus 1.3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 100
  • Lens focal distance – 200mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority

San Angelo Water Lily Fest


Today was the final day of the Water Lily Fest here in San Angelo.  Most of the festivities wound up yesterday but that didn’t stop the beautiful water lilies from opening today for all to see.  I didn’t get down to see the main event yesterday, so I took advantage of the smaller crowd today.  The skies were a bit overcast,  making the lighting perfect.

The San Angelo Internationl Water Lily Collection is the premier such garden in the world.  Ken Landon the owner and curator, has collected specimens from countries of both hemispheres.  This brought water lily esperts from the Unites States, Australia, Far East and Europe for the 4-day symposium.

Some of the lily pads are five feet in diamater, such as the third photo.  That blossom is nearly twelve inches across.

Here are four images that I photographed this morning.  I hope you enjoy.  Click on any of them to see an enlargement.

International Water Lily Collection


San Angelo, Texas, is the home of the only certified International Water Lily Collection in the United States.  It is located downtown and is one of the city’s main tourists’ attractions.  Curator Ken Landon has collected specimens from all over the world.

I was down there yesterday morning to check out how they were progressing since they are nearing their peak.  I was with my wife, Ann, and our good friend Jodie Wolslager.  We arrived there about 8:30AM, trying to beat the heat and it turned out that we were  just a little bit early.  Most of the blooms don’t open until about 10:00AM.  I did manage to get a few photos of the ones that were open.  The following are two of the images.  I hope you enjoy them.  You can see more  images that I took in previous years in my photo gallery.

White Water Lily

Red Water Lily