Last updated: February 08. 2014 10:28PM - 1213 Views
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Feeling a little blue about the long, hard winter we’re having? Well, in keeping with the mood, here a few natural shades of blue that provide a nice bit of color to our natural world.

Last summer, Mary Gilligan’s backyard in Dallas Township was a frequent stop for a bounty of blue jays. At one time she counted 15. In August, she was able to take a picture through her screen door and captured eight jays, along with three mourning doves. For as common as blue jays are, it’s easy to overlook the intricate shades of blue, black and white which makes them one of the most colorful birds.

Speaking of blue, Barbara Wilson framed this great blue heron against a strikingly blue sky at Kirby Park last fall. Standing more than 3 feet tall with a 70-inch wingspan, the great blue heron is as majestic as it gets. It’s feathers are a mix of grayish-blue and while the great blue heron spends most of its time hunting in aquatic habitats, Wilson’s photos show the bird is a true champion of the skies as well.

Capture anything interesting on your handheld or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week, we’ll run photos from a reader’s trail camera on the Sunday Outdoors page. Email your photo, along with date and area it was taken (township is fine), and any other details to tvenesky@timesleader.com.

— Tom Venesky

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