. . . 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?