Saturday morning my brother-in-law, who was visiting, spotted something flying through the Hollow behind our house.
The Great Blue Heron had returned, thanks to a substantial rainfall on Thursday and Friday that left a few feet of water in the ponds.
Big Blue sat patiently on a branch above the small pond while I snapped photo after photo after photo...
...and continued sitting still even when I got my tripod out and snapped photo after photo after photo...
(They all look like this one, so I'll spare you the others.)
I spotted Blue again later wading in a pond.
This time he wasn't so patient.
I'm pretty sure I heard him muttering "This used to be such a peaceful neighborhood...." as he took off in search of seclusion.