This morning, I was explaining to Bruce that the reason I started keeping my camera next to me on the couch was because I’d missed an excellent shot of a hawk in a nearby dogwood tree. At that very moment, we saw a big shadow cross the patio, looked out, and spotted our first Great Blue Heron! She posed, looked in the pond, and hopped up to the edge of the stream before flying away.

Today is the one-year anniversary of completing the water feature, so I feel pretty sure this was my Aunt Evelyn flying down from wherever to check things out and wish us well.