Watercolor paintings of great blue herons

Watercolor paintings of great blue herons

Watercolor painting of heron in flight

Watercolor painting of heron in flight

White Heron
by John Ciardi

What lifts the heron leaning on the air
I praise without a name. A crouch, a flare,
a long stroke through the cumulus of trees,
a shaped thought at the sky – then gone. O rare!
Saint Francis, being happiest on his knees,
would have cried Father! Cry anything you please.
But praise. By any name or none. But praise
the white original burst that lights
the heron on his two soft kissing kites.
When saints praise heaven lit by doves and rays,
I sit by pond scums till the air recites
It’s heron back. And doubt all else. But praise.

Wings over water, great blue heron in flight

Wings over water, great blue heron in flight

Another watercolor sketch of great blue heron

Another watercolor sketch of great blue heron

Watercolor sketch of great blue heron

Watercolor sketch of great blue heron