ISN’T HE (OR SHE) CUTE!!
This is one of the baby bald eaglets…One of them left the nest, the day after I took this photo, but there was really no way to identify one from the other.
ISN’T HE (OR SHE) CUTE!!
Once again, not the best shot ever, but I was fighting a very difficult camera..(it shouldn’t be)…and also, I just didn’t do well with this shot…BUT..
This is one of the adult bald eagles that watched over the eaglets they were raising. The nest was HUGE and someone told me it was estimated to weigh seven hundred pounds! Eagles mate for life, but if something should happen and a mate dies or disappears, they will find another.
An eagle is capable of carrying surprisingly heavy prey. I counted four small dogs, a cat on a leash and a very lean biker being swept up and into the sky…never to be seen again.
I confess…we were lucky enough to get away to the land of the sun for two weeks! As you already know, hubby was sick and eventually I got sick and I’m still sick….BUT….I did have about nine days of feeling good enough to go out and capture some images.
I found waves and pretty birds and then something that grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go…I found an eagle’s nest, complete with two eaglets and their parents…wouldn’t you know it…the day after I left, one of the eaglet left the nest!
I’ll be showing you some of my favorites…I will also tell you about how exhausting it was to STRUGGLE with a camera and somehow come out with a few good shots..I threatened to throw it into the “jungle” I don’t know how many times…I think I caught the cough from hell because I got so exhausted over the hours that I spent with the eagles. It was worth every cough I’ve had since then…they are just amazing, amazing birds.
So I’m starting off with one of my favorite wave images…
Tomorrow Oliver comes home…he’s been on vacation…and so have I.
I took my swollen, creepy looking eye down to Florida for a short vacation with hubby. He was so anxious to get a little time away to relax. He got to do a LOT of relaxing. He was sick for pretty much the entire two weeks.. he coughed and napped for about ten days. I think he may have bronchitis, which apparently everyone in our state is now suffering with. (Everyone on the flight home was coughing too..the flight attendants should have been handing out cough drops instead of peanuts.)
Since I was sharing 800 square feet with a man who was either coughing or dealing with the hiccups, I now have the plague. Don’t ask me why coughing made him hiccup, but it did. He hiccuped for 36 hours…that’s how we spent my birthday. So now we are back…our daughter is coming down with the plague and is living with us until her wedding. We were going to go out for a nice meal for my belated birthday celebration, but we may just stay in and eat chicken noodle soup.
Oh…and tomorrow Oliver comes home…he was lucky…he got to stay in luxurious accommodations with our wonderful Vet, Dr. Dan.
As far as I know, he isn’t coughing or hiccuping…boy has he got a surprise coming when he comes home. I wonder if he’s ever heard a human cough?
The birds in the U.S. in every state but Florida, must be getting fed up by now. We’re all complaining about the snow and getting cabin fever…but it could be worse.
We could be outside in this weather, with no gloves, no hats, no boots, no coats. I’m in awe of the resilience our little feathered friends have.
When and if someone calls you, “a tough old bird”….Take it as a compliment.
I hope you are all enjoying the lovely invisible bird…my little bird went “poof!”…no more image..???
This had better be a joke…..I’ve heard a rumor that we could possibly get a LOT of snow this weekend…they are simply waiting to see how it “tracks”…..will we get it or won’t we??? I have a plane sitting in the backyard that seats 500…the first 500 of you that get on with just ONE, yes I said ONE ONLY, piece of luggage, will be taken with me to someplace warm and sunny.
We will do a lot of visualization of warm and sunny climes as we sit snowbound under the snow mountains….won’t that be fun??
Why don’t we travel today?
I’m not really sure where I’d like to go…Forida for coconuts?
I could see Paris as a destination…I’ve always wanted to yell off the top of the Eiffel tower…”I love doughnuts” has always been a popular thing to yell on special occasions.
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Someplace close to home?
Somewhere off planet?
Where would you travel?
Back in time? Very intriguing…being a time traveler.
That could be fascinating….would you want to be five years old again?
Would you want to be thirteen again, seventeen?
Or would you want to go wayyyyyyy back and meet Benjamin Franklin…or Picasso….or Albert Einstein?
I think I’d be happy to travel forward to tomorrow…tomorrow I get birthday cake!
You know the snow is deep when all you can see of a horse is its eye. JUST KIDDING! The snow isn’t really that deep!
But this is a white horse and I love its white eyelashes.
As I gazed upon these white peaks, I was awestruck… Snow white dunes … Each dune whipped by the wind to a perfect point by the winds of the desert…I imagined camels and their long struggle up and over these imposing barriers.
Is it possible that snowy white squirrels could be peeking out at me from that blinding sand? Did little white chipmunks wait, hand in hand with the squirrels? Would they grab me by my ankles and drag me down into the sand, never to be seen again?
I’ll never know…seeing that this is actually the top of a huge tent. I guess I will only see the squirrels and chipmunks in my nightmares. Which is fine by me.
This winter I have noticed a new trend. Birds are wearing makeup!!
Mind you it’s always white, which is sort of attractive, but I’m not sure I’m ok with them using makeup products.
I might feel better about it if I knew at what age they are allowed to start wearing makeup.
I don’t approve of birds under the age of six months wearing any sort of product…whether it be hair gel, deodorant, lip gloss, or aftershave.
The next thing you know they’ll be shaving their legs before they’re a year old and that just isn’t appropriate.
I’m saddened by the lowering of standards in the bird community and the obvious failure of bird parenting.
I’m giving a lecture next Tuesday at 6 a.m. to any and all interested birds.
If you would like to attend, please register online at http://www.IAMALOUSYBIRDPARENT.com
Twister was back, being quirky. If only I could get a pink tutu on this deer.
I’m considering doing a documentary on this particular eye expression…
I’ve seen cows do it…
Do birds give people this look?
Do dragonflies give people this look?
Do feral cats give people this look right before they bite that person’s leg off?
I have been known to give this look to my husband and at that moment in time, I just might have felt like biting his leg off.
Sometimes I catch the grocery store cashier giving me this look when I put a candy bar in with all the other groceries. But she has NO idea who she’s dealing with.
I INVENTED this look.
You know how your mother would say…”If you keep giving me that look, your face is going to freeze that way?”
Always believe your mother…I have to wear sunglasses to avoid scaring people.
This would be SOOOO nice…..sigh….
So here’s a little info for you…Either as a result of working too many hours on the computer working on my book…or as the result of Oliver the cat sleeping across my entire face during the night….I have a very unattractive right eye. Swollen, interfering with my vision a little. The Doctor thinks Oliver is the most likely culprit, but I’m not sure. Regardless…I’m going to “schedule” a week or two of posts in order to give my eye a rest. I’ll still answer comments…but this way I avoid spending time writing the posts and uploading the images, etc…all things that use my eyeballs.
So…off I go to buy an eye-patch..(just kidding)…
This is my little friend, “Twister”. Twister is part of the herd of seven whitetail deer that pass through every couple of days.
I think I’m particularly fond of Twister because of her quirky behavior. It’s probably not all that quirky, I’ve seen other deer do this before, just not as often or with as much enthusiasm. She will eat a little bit and then point her nose up in the air and take big sniffs.
Is she picking up the scent of chocolate on me coming right through the wall of the house? Is she trying to show me how beautiful the fur on her neck is? Does she have a deviated septum and is simply just trying to get more air to go up her nose?
These are the kinds of things that call for chocolate….If I’m trying to understand nature I need proper sustenance.
WHY I JUST COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED! (That my friends, was sarcasm.)
We are expecting THUNDERSNOW!!
Thundersnow is when you’re having a snow storm along with … THUNDER!!!
Supposedly it happens when the snow is falling at a very fast rate…in this case, somewhere between, OH….TWO TO FOUR INCHES AN HOUR!!!! When it falls at that rate, the sky just gives up and screams…That is what you’re hearing when you hear thunder..the sky is screaming.
By the way…this buck has now been officially been named “ThunderSnow”. A big thanks to silkpurseproductions!
Please excuse me while I go crawl under the bed and scream…ENOUGH SNOW ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So……I’d love to display some of my images of Melvin’s horses in a gallery situation. Now there’s a possibility that it could actually happen. So you all get to be guinea pigs while I play with some possible candidates…I hope that you enjoy them as they show up here. So here we have Jack…one of my favorite horses.
You just THOUGHT there was an earlier valentines post on here…but it the video wouldn’t work, so I’ll tell you all about it.
It was a cute little all white puppy and a horse. The horse was standing at the door of its stall and the little puppy wiggled and squirmed all over the place trying to get the horse to nuzzle it. When the horse would put its head down and up against the little puppy, the little pup would just lean against the horse and go round and round the horse’s head, as close as it could get.
So anyway…Happy Belated Valentine’s day! I’m off keep watch for the Mountain Lion that was sighted not too far from here. Oh yes…there really was one.
I’m amazed at their resilience. Bitter, bitter cold. Nasty blowing wind. Ice under all of that snow.
With all of that, they continue following the trails that their ancestors have, for who knows how many years.Indians used to roam this land,I have an arrowhead to prove it and I’m sure the deer were here then.
I feel humbled and blessed to be able to watch this world go by from my window into the woods.
See what this winter has done to me???
Normally a person would look at this bird and say something like, “Ahhhh….look at that beautiful water…oh, to be so warm…”
I look at it and say, “AAAAGGGHHHH! That bird is swimming in ICE WATER! Look at those ice crystals flying off of the poor thing! He’s one desperate bride away from being an ice sculpture at a wedding!”