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Immature Herons

A group of immature herons loiter on one of the many ledges off the Maine coast. Unused to foraging for themselves and being away from their nests, they experience the aimlessness of youth. Photo Courtesy of Sue Schubel

Then It Picks Up One Stem Leg

Then it picks up one stem leg. This takes time. And sets it down just beyond the other, no splash, breath of a ripple, goes on slowly across the silt, mud, algae- throttled surface, through sedge grass, to stand to its knees in water turning grayer now that afternoon is evening. Now that afternoon is