The Great Blue Heron, ever a joy to watch, has been appearing and disappearing from various locales for months now and finally became available for a prolonged photo-opp. This bird has apparently been getting its tactics from the book, How to Avoid being photographed, a Wildlife Primer, (not yet published). In any case, if you are the non-fishing half of a spousal universe, you may want to take up bird watching on your next fishing or camping trip.
Typically in the past, blue herons head for open water or a tree roost the minute they hear someone stomping over twigs or tripping on rocks to try to get their picture. This time however, the bird switched methods and turned to face the camera, almost disappearing with its long thin neck and narrow facial features. Then, realizing that this strategy, although good, was not entirely foolproof, flew a few feet upstream and was again hidden from view.
Fortunately, there is a cracking sidewalk under a dangling fence over the creek where the Heron was fishing, so another opportunity presented itself. If you've ever watched a Blue Heron, they watch the water with the intensity of a Greyhound at a high school track meet and are not always distracted while they are fishing.
Please view the attached slideshow for a study of the Great Blue Heron fishing.
If you wish to camp on a riverside, the Port of Cascade Locks has camping all winter and starting November 1st the price goes down to $15.00 per night.