We spent 10 glorious days at our wilderness cabin in August. One afternoon we spend exploring the lakeshore and came upon a couple of Great Blue Herons. Never before have I been able to get so close to this bird who is known for being skittish and nervous around humans. This pair was quite comfortable to have us watch them as they patiently and skillfully fished for minnows along the skeletal, shoreline branches. This photo is likely a two year old male and his mate stood guard to the right just out of the photo. We managed to manoeuvre to within 15 feet of the two birds and remain watching for 10 minutes before easing away.