Winged Beauty

A great blue heron with wings fully outstretched, flying from a pond.

I was shooting springtime scenes on campus this year — lots of blue sky and puffy clouds. On a whim, I wandered over to Chapels Pond in search of wildlife. A great blue heron stood so still I almost missed it. I focused my camera, got a good exposure and waited. After almost an hour, the heron still hadn’t budged. My arms were leaden, and my patience was wearing thin. I scuffed my shoes on some pebbles, which was enough disturbance to produce a fight-or-flight response. Luckily for me, it chose flight.

— University photographer Mike Lovett