12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Great Blue Heron on a beach

Our family watched as this heron flew far out over the ocean and then back. It landed a good distance down the beach from us and started walking in our direction, closer, closer… We froze. I didn't dare take my camera from my face. It came so close, within 3ft maybe, that I have to zoom my lens back in. Once it decided it was close enough, it just turned around and walked back down the beach. This close encounter was the highlight of the trip.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Grayton Beach, Florida, United States of America
Copyright: © Alexia Svejda