Bird brained stories!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

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The moment was savored in the breeze of the waning day. So many people out on these trails today, walking, biking, talking on their cellphones, and I wondered if anyone else had even noticed it gracing us with its presence. I've seen Osprey before, but never so closely and in such intimate detail. Grateful that I'd been allowed into this space, I finally moved on, returning to my mundane tasks of the day, but buoyed up by this close encounter.


  • This are amazing shots!!

    I once saw a scarlet tanager while hiking at South Anna Falls in the mountains of VA. What a site!!! Of course, I was not such a great photographer then! (and not that much better now, just use lots of photoshop!!)

    You have made me want to go take a hike!!

    By Blogger Anne Magee, at 10:25 AM  

  • Beautiful birds!!

    Two nights ago I found about a dozen deer in the creekbed behind my home. I was actually looking for my dog, Honey bear, who had escaped, and while shining my flashlight over the oppsoite bank, I caught eye shine. At first I thought it was Honey bear, but then I noticed, about dozen pairs looking back at me while I scanned with the light. Once my eyes adjusted, I could make out their bodies within the brush, and then a bounding flash of fur. Honey Bear had found the deer as well and had a right jolly time chasing them down the creek bed. It took me about another hour to get hold of her. But those few moments of breathless awe when I was face to face with a dozen deer was the only point of ease the whole night.

    Nicole, Ciaobella on 2 peas.

    By Anonymous Nicole, at 10:50 AM  

  • Ohh, I love your photographs and your stories!

    By Blogger Thena, at 11:25 AM  

  • gorgeous gwyn! love hearing these stories from you! :D

    By Blogger doris, at 2:21 PM  

  • moments to savor indeed, and terrific photos to remember the day by.

    By Anonymous Cindy M., at 4:28 PM  

  • WOW, you sure can tell a story. (good career choice, LOL)

    Last month I was walking to school to get Bubba when a red tailed hawk who lives in the neighborhood decided to dive bomb my stroller. I later figured out it was because Ella had a toy with a mirror on it, and it must have caught its attention. Anyway, I was close to home so I ran screaming back into the garage and drove to school. LOL

    By Blogger Janet O., at 6:05 PM  

  • Wonderful pictures! You're so lucky to have had the opportunity to get so close to such beautiful birds and to photograph them.

    I have a rather funny story to tell. It wasn't truly a brush with nature, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when you challenged us to post! Before DH and I were married, I went on a trip with soon-to-be MIL. We were rooming together, and in the middle of the night, from a dead sleep, I was terrifyingly awakened by a loud snort. I thought for sure there was a raging bull running towards me! My adrenaline was racing -- then I realized it was only MIL's snoring.

    For a real nature encounter...when we lived in Oregon, I often took my son for long walks along a creek that fed a pond. We were very pleased to discover a small flock of Eurasian teal (very rare in the west) on the pond one fall day. Their colors were amazing. Such beautiful birds!

    By Blogger Miranda, at 7:54 PM  

  • Ok, it was'nt exactly an animal. How about a huge spider sitting dead centre in the middle of his huge web, which was strung between two bushes, directly above the track to the outside toilets? at the camping ground, in the middle of the night, with me 7 months preganant. Needless to say I did'nt make it to the toilet.

    By Anonymous port girl, at 10:11 PM  

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