It's not easy being green....

“It's not that easy being green

Having to spend each day the color of the leaves

When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold

Or something much more colorful like that


 It's not easy being green

It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things

And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're

Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water

Or stars in the sky


 But green's the color of Spring

And green can be cool and friendly-like

And green can be big like an ocean, or important

Like a mountain, or tall like a tree


When green is all there is to be

It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why

Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful

And I think it's what I want to be”


     Thank you Kermit the frog for those wonderful lyrics. These lyrics echo the concern also of life in the “LGH” community…Stop right there! I know what you may be thinking. I am speaking of the Little Green Heron community. On my last visit to the Viera Wetlands I wanted to get some photos of one of my favorite Herons, the Little Green. These shy and illusive herons are difficult to capture unless you know what to look for.  Seldom, do they stop by the dock to pay a visit. I know now though that if I make that 400 mile round trip to Viera to photograph them, the next day they will probably show up on the dock. And that was again the case.

     Per the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology “From a distance, the Green Heron is a dark, stocky bird hunched on slender yellow legs at the water’s edge, often hidden behind a tangle of leaves. Seen up close, it is a striking bird with a velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, and a dark cap often raised into a short crest. The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, earthworms, twigs, feathers, and other objects, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish.” There are several on line YouTube videos demonstrating this unique fishing technique.

     Some folks tend to dwell on all our differences that make us each unique (like being green). It is not hard to turn that around and ask the question, “What is unique about mankind that makes him or her different from all other living species on the earth?” You might turn to John 3:16 for the answer. It is this love that allowed some of the victims relatives from the recent senseless killings in Charleston to say..."I forgive you". Be blessed. Harry

Nope, not talking about Little Green Frogs today...

It isn't easy being green..especially for a Little Green Heron..note the battle scars on the neck from a recent scrape with death..

These illusive but keen hunters can be found lurking in the marsh

Their long necks help them find prey even in the hardest places

Guess who was on the dock again after my last visit to Viera? Yep..Timiquan, the Little Green Heron..

Timiquan is still sporting his fancy Mohawk "doo" also...must have been to Janet's recently...

Jump for joy though..I am so glad I am green...I think it is what I want to be..


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