Welcome everyone! Before getting down to business, wanted to do some housekeeping. I left some of you hanging when I decided to put part one of the Biltmore Estate architecture series here due to the rather wild look of the featured grotesques. Part two was more focused on the mansion reliefs and various statues about the grounds. Those were left on the mothership. Feel free to jump over there if you want to check out those additions (link here). Okay, on with the order of the day.
Yep, the Bald Eagle is once again front and center. If you recall, January was closed with a 3 part series on our country’s national bird (link here, here and here). Originally thought about holding off on featuring Eagles again so soon. Problem is, I made a commitment to you to emphasize fresher shoots – well for at least part of the week. In that vein, how about some tins from TWO days ago!?! (a round of golf claps please ha)
Hit the jump to see a few more of the traditional Eagle shots.
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For starters, I now have two new unexpected benefits of the pandemic today. Ever have one of those situations when the perfect song comes on, your toes start tapping seemingly without your brain prompting it and all of a sudden you find yourself singing along OUT LOUD? Once you come to your senses, you start looking around and notice pairs of eyes staring at you, judging you, finding you wanting. Sheepishly you look away hoping your fifty shades of red don’t show up on the Internet. Guess what, as long as the music and ambient sounds are above your vocal cord vibrations – let it rip – no one will know what is going on behind that mask – quite liberating if you ask me. Oh, and the other side effect is you are no longer required to force a smile for selfies. Just keep your eyes open and send the Kilroy impersonation to all your messaging friends.
Now for a quick apology. In the last post I alluded to a two parter for the Eagle shot progression. Turns out, I should have referred to it as a three parter. Decided not to burn up your image cache and hold back a series for another day. Hope you like our national bird as you will be getting your fill of them for sure.
Continuing on from the last post, I was commenting on the number of standard Eagle shots I’ve collected over the years. Overwhelming to be honest, but I enjoy these mighty creatures and find myself snapping away whenever we encounter them. In the last post I showcased the more traditional shots.
Hit the jump to see some more offerings from the Eagle folder.
Continue reading Progression – Eagle Perspectives Part 2
Howdy folks. Feeling a bit of sadness at the moment for our exploration is entering its last leg as we begin our return. As a welcome home gift, Mother Nature has decided to throw a blizzard in our honor – we might be able to outlast it depending on our return path, but will not be holding our breaths – Midwest states have a way of making sure you never forget you chose to live in a four season state. The good news is the trip was very successful and bringing back tins full of 2021 fodder… err ’22.. hmm ’23 ugh. In truth, it isn’t really the snaps that I’ll remember the most, rather the great people I had the chance to meet along the way. There is something about the birding community that is truly special – always friendly, always willing to share and always eager to help on an ID or provide timely education. Gives you a feeling of hope as we’ve met people from all over the US that understand what it means to be courteous, kind and well, for lack of a better term, civilized. I’ll go into more details on the great people we met as the new trip posts roll out. Until then, wanted to get to a topic I’ve been delaying for a while.
Our great country’s national bird, the American Bald Eagle. Truly in the upper echelon of what I classify as majestic birds. They literally demand your reverence when they are around. Calm, cool, collected and strong all wrapped in a feathered shell capable of deadly force.
Hit the jump to see some more Eagles on sticks!
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Welcome to the New Year everyone! Hope your holiday celebrations were fun and safe. I did take some time off from the wildlife posts to get through a backlog of Halloween Haunted Trail and running features on my other blog. Those were way overdue and I hate to leave loose ends hanging about as we cross into the new year. One loose end that still needs addressing is my year end blog summary. That takes a lot of time and I wanted to spend that instead getting ready to head back to work tomorrow. 10 days off is wonderful, but in reality, it just means twice as much work to greet you when you make it back to your office. It’s also college bowl day so enjoying some rare football (now that I’m in my second year of boycotting the professional version). It is pretty hard for me to just sit and watch TV – seems like such a waste of time. So, thought I would combine it with putting out my first Wildlife post of 2019.
Hit the jump to learn what my guess is for the huge Moth.
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