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  • Sat, 07 Sep 2019 17:25:00 +0000

    not an osprey

    Had to run to get my binoculars. Who is on our Osprey nest! 


    Oh fabulous, a juvenile red shouldered hawk. I quickly got my camera and began my stealth crawl around the outside of the house. 


    She was busy preening and didn't notice me. 
    But I noticed her yellow foot was always held up and I began to worry.


    Then she lost her balance and almost fell to her demise.
     My camera was on burst mode as I clenched my jaw watching this sweet young bird.


    She hauled herself back up on the nest.


    Sat there for awhile and then just disappeared on the other side of the nest. 
    I haven't seen her since.


     I wonder if she'll survive.

  • Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:52:00 +0000

    on top of my world

    It's hard to get any happier than climbing to the top of my favorite mountain and sitting in the sun.


  • Sun, 25 Aug 2019 10:48:00 +0000

    The young ones


    Watching them flying off and then back on the nest has been joyful.


    They are strong and brilliant fliers. 
    Mom and Dad did a fabulous job raising this family.


    I will miss them when they head out on their migration in a few weeks. 
    Just imagine they will be flying well over 2,000 miles to South America.
    What adventures they will have along the way. 

  • Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:03:00 +0000

    sky born yahoo

    Well isn't this the best news! They are on their way!


    All three have fledged and this little one is returning to an empty nest.


    Flying is easier than landing, especially in a tree limb. I have watched many comical landings in the treetops, so hopefully this landing will be a cinch.


    And voila, touchdown with no collisions!

  • Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:08:00 +0000

    a sunset

    end of a beautiful day...

  • Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:29:00 +0000

    feather lessons

    Learning to fly is not easy.
    You can't see the little on the right because he has done a face plant in the nest.
    Feathers have a mind of their own, especially on a windy day.


    But with perseverance he has regained control.


    Dad looks on and gives a few minor tips on proper feather placement.


    But a new day has dawned and levitation has begun.


    Ahhh the wind beneath the wings......

  • Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:58:00 +0000

    Breakfast time

    I have hundreds of images of this family, 
    I've been in heaven when I'm with them in the early morning. 
    So today I'm sharing one of my favorites, mom delivering a fish for breakfast. 
    These juveniles have not fledged yet, so fingers crossed that happens soon. 
    They need to fly and learn to feed themselves before they migrate to South America in the fall.

  • Thu, 08 Aug 2019 17:39:00 +0000

    creatures

    This little goldfinch just finished bathing in the birdbath
     and then came to a rest on the cone flower. 


    This juvenile osprey just learned how to fly a few days ago.
     She looks at me with curiosity while I kayak beneath her branch.


    I sat for a very long time in order to capture this image of the killdeer on the beach.



    This was the shot I was looking for. 
    Once the butterfly flew on this blossom with the deep shadows behind I was thrilled.

  • Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:34:00 +0000

    Icebergs

    Icebergs were floating in the freezing water at the base of the glacier in Alaska. 
    They had lived a long deep life and now were released to float and melt and join the sea life that swam around their perimeter and rested on their cold shoulders.


    They were another world up close, their edges sometimes sharp and angular
    with beautiful shades of blue.


    And others were filled with frozen coils and bubbles.


    I loved reaching out and touching them.


  • Sat, 03 Aug 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    for my sister

    Fear
    Heading into the mist unsure of what will be.
    Trying to stay focused on the light that wants to guide our way.


    Letting go
    Giving into the breath that lifts the mist and lets us see forward.


    Grateful
    Feeling the warmth and love and the clarity to see the next new day.



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