Don’t you love a happy surprise that happens when you least expect it? That’s what happened to me yesterday when I took the photo of this great blue heron basking in the sun with the ducks.
For one thing, I was in the city near a shopping centre and busy roads. Usually when I come to this pond there are only ducks there.
I never expected to see even one heron and I saw two, the great blue heron
and a green heron.
I got home and downloaded the photos from my camera to the computer. Imagine my surprise when I looked more carefully at the photo and noticed a turtle basking right next to the blue heron.
When I was taking the photo, my focus had been on the blue heron and I hadn't even seen that turtle. I was delighted!
How many times have you had expectations about an experience and it turned out completely differently, but in a good way? You run into someone you lost touch with and have a wonderful visit. You lose out on a job but then something better comes up.
When a happy surprise occurs, I embrace and celebrate it, seeing it as something quite magical and mysterious. I’m so happy to have this photo to relive that special moment again and again. What a lovely day it was! It was the kind of autumn day when the sunshine was so warm and welcoming that all these wild creatures came together so peacefully to sunbathe at the pond. They didn't seem afraid of each other at all and were quite relaxed. If only people could be that relaxed with each other.