Grey Heron

My Sunday Photo – The Grey Heron

My Sunday Photo for today is titled The Grey Heron

You will probably not be surprised to learn that this photo is one of the over 4000 shots that I took on our Japan holiday.

The location is Nijo Castle, in the beautiful city of Kyoto.

The grey heron is a fairly common sight in the rivers and other waterways of Kyoto, but I usually struggled to get good photographs of them. This was partly because I only had the point-and-shoot (I dearly missed my 55-300mm telephoto lens), and partly because they always seemed to be set against grey backgrounds. Don’t be misled by raunchy best-sellers – 50 shades of grey makes for a pretty boring photo.


Grey Heron
The Grey Heron, Nijo Castle


Having been continually frustrated by trying to capture a good photo of one of a grey heron, I knew I had an opportunity with this one. He (she?) was close enough to capture with the point-and-shoot, and set clearly against the green scum on top of the moat. I also loved the contrast between the clean side and the dirty side of the pond. If you’re wondering how one goes about cleaning a moat…


moat cleaner
How to clean a moat. You’re welcome.

6 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – The Grey Heron

  1. There’s an awesome split between the grey and the green. That works very well and you do seem to have got 50 shades of grey in the shot! Wouldn’t want to be cleaning that pond out though. #MySUndayPhoto

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