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Cynthia DeKing
I live in a quiet hamlet with a beautiful view of the Oswego River. There is an inlet where I can see a variety of ducks, geese, snapping turtles and fish.

The herons come to the inlet in spring and summer to forage for fish and other prey, and build nests for their offspring. I am in awe of the size and elegance of these graceful birds as I watch them land with their five- to six-foot wingspan.

For a couple of seconds, it takes my breath away.

After watching these incredible creatures for years, I felt inspired to write something about them.

Blue heron floats by,
wingspan blocking the sun's rays.
My breath catches me.

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