Seeing the Great Blue in such a harsh place was a little bit upsetting but at the same time wonderful. The Heron was close and he wasn't going anywhere.
The background on all photographs is a burnt ground. The staff at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge from time to time are burning some areas of refuge to control invasive phragmites, a grassy plant that crowds out native plants and kills them. After the phragmites were burnt it doesn't take long for life to go back to normal and some birds like Great Blue Herons adjust very quickly to the burnt areas.
Generally, life is good!