Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Take Wing


I took these shots of the juvenile eagle a few days before I left for Europe.  I was sitting down by the water enjoying the beautiful weather when he or she graced me with their presence by flying down the creek in search of lunch.  We have since found out that there are several juveniles who nest somewhere way up at the head of our creek...at least that's where we think they nest since in the 4 years we have lived here we've not been able to locate the actual nest.


 

I have a new appreciation for wildlife photographers and the skill it takes to nail a shot, especially when what you are trying to shoot could care less that you want to take their picture.  And swinging around a heavy telephoto lens, and trying to get a good shot while something is flying all around is a talent I've not yet mastered, but hope to.

Still, I loved this second photo, something about it just spoke to me, so unlike the first photo I didn't do anything to it but crop it and convert it from color to black and white to give it more visual impact.  For me, it embodies strength, grace, and an almost angel like quality, and I feel peaceful when I look at it.  I thought it would be fitting to post it today, since today would be the 34th birthday of my dear friend Dan who passed away a little over a year ago.  I'm sure his angel wings are equally as strong and majestic.

19 comments:

  1. Oh wow Kat - those are fantastic

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  2. Kat, great shots. I love watching big birds. They are so regal. That dancing cow in you followers would probably drive me nuts. Never seen a dancing follower before.

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  3. Stunning shots! That last one is very special, indeed. Thank you for sharing.

    Nancy

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  4. Fabulous shots! The second just says FREEDOM to me. I don't know why, but that is what comes to mind.

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  5. Great shots! Oh my, I stand and wait forever it seems to get a good pic of a bird. On a similar note to what you said at the end of your post, I just found out today that a really good friend, a 43 year old man who renovated this house I'm leaving, has colon, intestinal and prostate cancer. I've been bawling all day.
    Brenda

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  6. Love the new header Kat....and fantastic pic's as always

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  7. Great shots! - wildlife is NOT easy to capture... especially birds, I find.

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  8. Kat, those shots are just stunning!! I love the black and white one the most too! Happy Birthday to your friend Dan in heaven!

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  9. I have goose bumps,
    because as I was
    putting away all of
    my son's gaming stuff
    this morning, I thought
    of your friendship with
    Dan. That last picture
    is all that you say, and
    more. It's beautiful and
    haunting.
    xx Suzanne

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  10. Beautiful pics! I know how hard it is to capture pics like those. I tried and tried to get a good one of the eaglet at the cottage and never did. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Yes Kat, that second one has a very uplifting and spiritual mood to it. You should be so proud of these fine in-flight captures. xo ~Lili

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  12. Beautiful, Kat! It is amazing how you captured the detail in flight! I can see why the second photo brings Dan to mind, it IS very peaceful...XO

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  13. I stand and wait forever it seems to get a good photographs of a bird. On a similar note to what you said at the end of your post, I just found out today that a really good friend, a 43 year old man who renovated this house with modern design.

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  14. What a beautiful tribute to your friend.

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  15. Your header is AWESOME!
    Love the tribute to your friend..so fitting.

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  16. The photos of the eagle is beautiful! I watched the Decorah Eagles in Iowa over the summer on the internet. I became so attached to them! It would be breathtaking to see one in person!

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  17. Has it truly been a whole year? In memory of Dan, then ~ xo.

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  18. Your photo of the eagle is beautiful and also a great remembrance of your friend....

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