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.
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…