These shots were taken at a large (huge) wildlife management area. Most other in flight Heron photographs lately are from a rookery or swamp.
The only reason I mention this is the clear, and blue, sky here. This part of the Lowcountry is known for being wide open and perfectly clear.
Except when things are burning.
Fire in a damp marsh means smoldering and thick smoke.
Three days ago (maybe four) a burn was happening in a pine forest area, today when we passed it was still smoking.
Interesting how I start an article in one direction, a few paragraphs later I’m somewhere completely different.
Hemingway can ‘Rest In Peace’.