This was taken at the same spot - give or take a couple of yards - that the previous shot was taken. We're used to seeing Great Blue Herons being a little more, well, blue, but in the winter their plumage becomes more dowdy. It's still a magnificent bird whatever the season.
When you walk the same paths over and over, you can become complacent about the scenery around you. Sometimes it takes a dramatic change, like our recent snowfall, to show you how nature's turns can make the familiar new again.
On the days where the light doesn't cooperate you can either enhance the picture using sliders afterwards, or you can choose to shoot in black and white. Especially when the sky looks this good.