Once a Heron

Here is an example of some remarkable writing by Robert Macfarlane in The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot:

“Once, a heron launched itself from low ground to our south, a foldaway construction of struts and canvas, snapping and locking itself into shape just in time to keep airborne, slowing time as it beat away northwards on curved wings.” p. 298-299

Here is the same sentence again, paired with photographs taken by Steve Dudley during our socially isolated walks of Spring 2020:

Once, a heron launched itself from low ground

….a foldaway construction of struts and canvas snapping and locking itself into shape

…just in time to keep airborne

…slowing time as it beat away northwards on curved wings.

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