While out walking on the weekend I was delighted to get my first glimpse of tiny ducklings this year. I couldn’t get close enough for a photo, and only saw them because a particularly large bald eagle was repeatedly swooping down on them. Mama duck luckily was able to shepherd her brood to safety under a half submerged tree branch and the eagle gave up.
This image was captured exactly a year ago, under similar circumstances. My arrival at the edge of the pond rattled the mama duck and she wouldn’t let her babies come close enough for photos, so I settled down to wait. An hour later she seemed more relaxed, then a large hawk started circling overhead. I was surprised when mama duck hustled her babies over to where I was observing from the bushes, parked them 10 or so feet away from me, made eye contact with me, and then keeping her babies between her and me, turned her back on them so she could keep track of the hawk until it flew away. Smart duck! I was very touched that she felt she could trust me, and I was rewarded with some nice shots of the babies. This image is one of my favorites from that day.
While visiting a friend I watched one of her young cats playing in one of the horses’ tails. The mare seemed totally unconcerned about having a mischievous feline wrapping herself up entirely in the tail, rolling around in it, and threatening to get completely tangled up in all that hair. But no problem, the mare just rested there until the cat lost interest.
I recently visited a nearby bird sanctuary right after Spring Break thinking there wouldn’t be many people around…there were people everywhere. I decided to meander along one of the lesser frequented paths to distance myself from the noise and to maybe find a shy wood duck or even an owl. Instead I turned a corner and found a Sandhill Crane on the side of the path next to the bullrushes, balanced on one leg and with his beak tucked along his back between his wings. I stopped and waited while he warily sized me up with his half-open eye. He decided I was no threat and closed his eye again. I quietly skirted around him and left him to his sleep as I went off in search of that wood duck.
This is my first post, my first blog…. I have been computer literate for years and can search-engine my way around the internet like nobody’s business, but for many reasons I haven’t involved myself in social media up until now. And now I am jumping in with both feet. First my blog, next will be Facebook and then a new website, and then…?
Part of this new direction is because I retired a couple of years ago, about the same time that the horse of my wildest childhood fantasies, my inspiration, my muse, died suddenly and tragically before his time. I was an enthusiastic horse professional for many years but when my heart horse died, the fire inside me died too. I am still devastated. Some time in the future I will be creating a second blog to talk about horse stuff, horse health issues, hoof care, and how it’s possible to develop that magical relationship that all horse lovers seek but so few attain. But this blog needs to come first.
On some level this blog will reflect my efforts to reinvent myself, to find a new path to follow. if you’re interested in nature, animals, photography, outdoor activities, I invite you along. Who knows what will catch my interest, lol!