The Arena of Delight: Meeting the Great Egret

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 Great Egret, Ardea alba, Summer 2017 Lake Pine, Apex NC

“Through these woods I have walked thousands of times. For many years I felt more at home here than anywhere else, including our own house. Stepping out into the world, into the grass, onto the path, was always a kind of relief. I was not escaping anything. I was returning to the arena of delight. I was stepping across some border. I don’t mean just that the world changed on the other side of the border, but that I did too…
In the pinewoods is where the owl floats, and where the white egret paces, in summer, like a winged snake, in the flashing shallows.” ~Mary Oliver

Photo of Great Egret, Ardea alba, taken by me, July 2017 at Lake Pine, Apex NC.


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