Vacation week. Sun, golf, relaxation, and for me, time to practice photography. We are spending this week in Hardin County, Tennessee enjoying beautiful Pickwick Lake. I might have named by business after my maternal grandmother, but my paternal grandfather taught me birdwatching. He would love it here: geese, ducks, an enormous Osprey, a Bald Eagle (!!), and my absolute favorite bird, the Great Blue Heron. I have spent years photographing Herons on Pickwick, and one in particular seems to frequent our cove. I stalk him each evening, carrying my camera on the boat and on RARE occasions, on the jet ski. He is a very shy bird and always seems to elude even my best zoom lenses. It’s our own personal game of cat and mouse. I always feel like I am on safari in rural west Tennessee when I am hunting him, hoping to get a great shot. Maybe he was tired last night, maybe he felt sorry for me, or maybe I just finally won. Whatever the reason, I GOT HIM, and he is gorgeous. Bald Eagle, I’m coming for you next, friend.