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FROM READERS: John Hall shares images of blue herons and lesser yellowleg sandpipers

April 8, 2013 | 5:20 p.m. CDT
John Hall shares a photo of a heron.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

Recently, about all the camera could focus on were the Blue Herons and the Lesser Yellowleg Sandpipers.  All manner of species make their way north and then one day they are all gone with the exception of the Cormorants, Heron and the mosquitoes. Sometimes they are the largest species in the area.

In this set of photos is a Red Wing Blackbird that got in the eye of the camera as well as some Turkey Vultures getting a few rays of sunshine.  All in all, a pretty boring set of pictures. But, if they were any good I'd have to charge for them and no one pays for pictures anymore.  With digital cameras everyone thinks they are photographer and it "ain't" necessarily so.  To paraphrase the legendary Billy Sunday, "If going to church makes you a Christian then going into a garage makes you a car."  You get the drift, a camera in hand only ensures you are probably a few thousand dollars in debt. The foregoing is a "True Confession."

If you can't see the slideshow embedded above, view it on Flickr here.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.