Failure To Launch

© Heather Loewenhardt

Failure To Launch

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe 1/21/2012 9:09:36 PM

Thank you to my good friend Carolyn McIntosh for her inspiration for the title of this image from our conversation yesterday. #1438172

Sherran Andersen level-deluxe 1/21/2012 9:23:31 PM

Wonderful clarity Heather. #9934603

Karen Kessler 1/21/2012 9:32:32 PM

Terrific detail, lighting, color & overall capture! I enjoyed reading the story, too! :) #9934616

Carolyn McIntosh 1/21/2012 9:59:49 PM

Love it . .. killed myself laughing when I read the title . . .how appropriate for this . .. and what a magnificent photo. Well captured my good friend. #9934643

Barbara Waldoch level-deluxe 1/22/2012 12:02:56 AM

Lucky Koi!
Excellent catch there, Heather! #9934700

Mike Clime 1/22/2012 3:29:40 AM

Terrific capture and a great story to go with it, Heather! Just like us, when take more food than we can eat. #9934797

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe 1/22/2012 3:46:50 AM

Excellent capture and story, Heather. #9934816

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe 1/22/2012 4:13:09 AM

Looks more like Failure to LUNCH! LOL #9934858

Larry L. Redmon level-deluxe 1/22/2012 4:24:07 AM

Nice, sharp capture, Heather! #9934872

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe 1/22/2012 4:28:44 AM

Amazing capture and detail Heather! Great story as well! #9934877

Gord MacEachern level-deluxe 1/22/2012 4:29:59 AM

This is just so good Heather, the image is so detailed, perfect!!!
The story also is just amazing!
Hope we see this winner again!!
Thanks by the way! #9934881

Michelle Alton level-deluxe 1/22/2012 5:15:25 AM

Amazing capture, and the STORY is captivating too! What a happy ending for the Koi. I hope he isn't deranged from the experience! The heron will have plenty to eat, and maybe learned a lesson about the lack of value in immediate gratification!

Carolyn's wit is really amazing today! #9934935

Liz Bullock level-deluxe 1/22/2012 5:27:03 AM

Awesome capture! #9934955

Jack Gaskin level-deluxe 1/22/2012 6:06:54 AM

AWESOME CATCH & STORY
Gotta love those BIRDs with no sense of what they can swallow. Would have been the most expensive meal of his life

Jack #9935021

Bobby Ray Goodman level-deluxe 1/22/2012 6:23:41 AM

Hi Heather,He is a better fisherman than I am.Beautiful capture my friend.Great color and detail!!! #9935040

Monnie Ryan level-deluxe 1/22/2012 6:33:32 AM

Terrific capture, Heather - and what a great story! #9935062

Linda D. Lester level-deluxe 1/22/2012 6:33:33 AM

This is amazing! Awesome detail!!! #9935063

Inge Linden level-deluxe 1/22/2012 7:15:17 AM

Absolutely fantastic both story and picture!! #9935110

Tiia Vissak level-deluxe 1/22/2012 8:47:05 AM

a cool shot & story! #9935249

David Phalen level-deluxe 1/22/2012 11:38:34 AM

Excellent light, colors and details!!

LMAO at the title and your description. A clear example of biting off more than you can chew.:) #9935479

John Connolly level-deluxe 1/22/2012 12:17:11 PM

Talk about the catch of the day! What a wonderful story and wildlife capture Heather, I think there is wisdom here for all of us! Never let your expectations exceed your ability! #9935522

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 1/22/2012 5:24:31 PM

Very WOW timing and capture, Heather!! Outstanding image, but can definitely see the predicament of the heron, and the fish!! #9935920

Terry Cervi level-deluxe 1/22/2012 5:27:52 PM

Boy did that fish ever luck out, Heather! What a terrific capture too! Awesome work! #9935926

Jeffrey R. Bange level-deluxe 1/22/2012 9:33:37 PM

Fantastic capture Heather, great composition, detail and color and I love your story that went with it. #9936234

Mary K. Robison level-deluxe 1/23/2012 2:49:44 AM

Pride (and greed) goeth before a fall...I doubt he'd share this fish tale/tail with any of his buddies. And the fish couldn't be happier!
Superb capture and great story, Heather. #9936414

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe 1/23/2012 3:21:27 AM

That would have been a very expensive meal for the koi owner! I wonder whose pond he's living in now!

Great image, Heather, a fabulous story! #9936497

Sabrina Ryan level-deluxe 1/23/2012 6:45:36 AM

Nice timing and capture, Heather! That fish is almost as big as he (she) is! #9936901

Jeff W. Robinson level-deluxe 1/23/2012 9:51:25 AM

What a great nature/wildlife capture!! #9937204

Claudia Kuhn level-deluxe 1/23/2012 3:23:42 PM

Great narrative to go along with the picture Heather. That fish looks like quite the prize #9937695

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 1/23/2012 4:05:49 PM

Bit off more than he could chew did he!! That is quite a mouthful, WONDERFUL capture dear friend!! <>< #9937745

Tammy Espino level-deluxe 1/23/2012 4:13:40 PM

Super capture and story! :) #9937773

Carol L. Fowler level-deluxe 1/23/2012 4:37:22 PM

Eyes bigger than his stomach! LOL! #9937823

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-deluxe 1/23/2012 5:11:52 PM

LOL! I have heard the saying bit of more than he could chew and it certainly fits this perfectly. Great timing and capture Heather!

jo ann c. #9937897

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 1/23/2012 6:48:07 PM

Exceptional clarity, tones, textures, detail, colors, lighting, timing & image, Heather ! Putting my money on this one, my friend! Good luck! #9938070

Mitch Spence level-deluxe 1/27/2012 11:39:50 AM

That's wonderful. What big eyes he had. He's looking a bit shell shocked at his audacity here. #9950632

Emile Abbott level-deluxe 2/3/2012 8:07:53 AM

Now that is a tall fishing tale. Great timing and story Heather. #9962924

Nikki McDonald level-deluxe 2/4/2012 6:45:52 PM

Great capture and wonderful story that really had me laughing as I visualized his plight -- and envied you the opportunity to witness and photograph it. Excellent detail and color, Heather. #9965525

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Description

This Black Crowned Night Heron visits the Koi pond every day looking for a free meal.
Yesterday he got the catch of the day which was more than he bargained for.
He could not get it down his gullet so he attempted to fly to the top of the garden shed but crashed half way up due to the weight of his prey.
He settled for landing on another rock while he contemplated his dilemma. He eventually let the fish go which swam merrily on its way.

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 203.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 1/21/2012 8:51:26 PM

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