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Animal: Great Blue Heron
Location: Florida, United States of America



Experience the heart and soul of Florida's tropical ecosystem in one photograph as one of the most iconic Florida birds, the Great Blue Heron, displays in order to attract potential mates.  All animals in Florida work side- by- side to allow these magnificent birds to breed.  Often nesting on small islands in the center of lakes and ponds, Heron nests are surrounded by a moat with American Alligators protecting their chicks from Raccoon predation.  Even though Alligators serve as protection they will also opportunistically prey on chicks if they fall out of their nest and into the water.      

In an area thriving with birds, Great Blue Herons nest alongside all other iconic Florida wading birds. While observing Great Blue Herons their personalities become apparent. These Herons are some of the most aggressive birds to one another; their chicks will even peck their parents to death just for a single meal.  Even with an aggressive personality, their loving side radiates during breeding season as they built a nest with their partner often both placing the same stick together as well as displaying elaborate courtship behaviors. 

As the sun slowly inched its way above the horizon, trees surrounding the pond blocked the early golden light.  As I waited for the sun to illuminate the colony an Great Blue Heron started to display to attract mates.  Just as the display started, the sun reached an opening in a tree acting as a spotlight as the Heron continued to preform its unique behavior. This moment shows why Mother Nature is truly the greatest artist of us all.

Each photo captured has a deep and intricate backstory, articulated above, that is printed alongside your print to give you the full behind the scenes look for each fine art photograph you purchase.


Print Options


Acrylic Print: unmatched resolution, clarity, Dmax, vibrancy, and an unrivaled 3D perspective when observing the final product

What is an Acrylic print?  An Acrylic print is one of the highest quality prints money can buy.  It is the most popular medium purchased from us is our acrylic print identical to photos hanging in art museums due to the look and feel of the image appearing backlit.  Acrylic prints are a higher quality medium compared to the more common, and lesser quality, metal prints.  Acrylic come ready to hang with a built- in wall mount and require no frame.

Thomas only uses the highest quality print engineers in the industry to ensure standout prints by relying on proprietary methods superior to all other printers.  

Surface coat options: Both options offer UV protection, however the different surface coats will optimize your viewing experience depending on where you want to hang our print.  

Clear surface coat is best used in controlled environments with special lighting, or in an area with low glare from sources like windows.  Clear enhances your viewing experience in these environments by maximizing the 3D effect making the image appear backlit.  

UV surface coat is best used in areas with an uncontrollable lighting environment, such as placing the print near bright windows. 

Heavyweight Photo Paper: vivid colors, deep rich blacks, and brilliant bright whites give an authentic and impressive feeling when looking at the final product

What is the heavyweight photo paper? Heavyweight photo paper is like you traditional medium you know and are accustomed to, but ours is much more.  We only use high quality and color calibrated paper and printers to ensure an accurate and lifelike final product.  Tailored to each specific image, we determine which of our papers yields the most pleasing results.  The papers we normally use are: Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster, Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper, Kodak Endura Metallic Paper, and Ilford Pearl Paper. 


Although our print engineering time is shorter than the time Thomas spends in the field, there is still a short shipping delay.  Due to the detail and laborious process in creating your Acrylic print, your order may not ship out to you until fifteen days after you place your order.    

Heavyweight photo paper orders ship less than five days after your order is placed.

Other Information 

Refunds are only offered if the print is damaged on arrival and reported no later than 15 days after delivery. You may be charged customs duties and taxes for this print.