the virtue of patience . . .

. . . and determination, though it helps I suppose that herons are motivated (like most of us) to eat.  Watching these birds fish is a study in patience and single-minded focus.  And it helps to remember that they get much, much practice.  I don't imagine juvenile herons are quite as adept as the adults in coming up with a fish every time they strike the water.  I could learn a few things from these birds. With this shot, I was really drawn to the stillness of the water, the blue of the sky reflected in the water, the reflection of the heron - and that one ripple from his last strike.  Leonardo da Vinci said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."  Who would argue with Leonardo?