Sunday, January 29, 2012

Through A Watchful Eye

 The power
The feeling,
A sense of
The primitive.


It's there
Come and play.






 My favorite winter visitor,the Purple Finch.












Squirrel raced around the tree chasing two others, a game or just life. It had startled him a bit, but was amusing to watch their antics. They raced and then ran into the treetops as he approached closer. The river nearby was almost silent, with gentle ice flows bumping softly. An eagle sat watching the river intently, not caring of his approach. This mighty river looked so passive after an entire summer of flooding. Mud plains held interest when first coming into this National Refuge, wondering what was left. It was the first week opening the visitor center since the river rose and showed its might.  Even in areas thought safe, groundwater crept in and assailed the areas many thought safe. The information being passed went from headlines to the very back page, if any. It is so sad to put any tragedy in our country to one side. How can we fix a problem if we never know very much about it?

22 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos of the eagle.
    Bordfeeders are very beautiful.
    I love the barns of your previous post.

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  2. The river will always eventually reclaim it's path. Local biologists are actually excited about the new habitat that was created by the flood -- they anticipate more eagles will be present due to the dead cottonwoods. Great shots, Steve. :)

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  3. You captured "isolated" so well....

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  4. The feeder pictures are so much fun. You really take some great pics...

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  5. Ah, you've found your eagles, even in this new place. Beautiful. The DeSoto Wildlife Preserve looks like a fun place to visit.

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  6. Wow Steve! I LOVE the eagle shots!!!!
    hughugs

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  7. I wonder if that eagle ever caught anything? Beautiful shots. Looks like a wonderful place to spend a day.

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  8. Alas, Purple finches rarely come to this part of Tennessee. I used to see them and crossbills when I lived in New England. Here in Nashville we have to be content with House finches, which have a superficial resemblance to purple finches-

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  9. fabulous pictures and I love those shots of the eagles

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  10. I keep saying it, but I would love to get some pictures of a bald eagle. I've been thinking about feeders for the smaller birds, but I'm not sure if I'll do it yet. I put some popcorn out because I don't have any birdseed yet, but they didn't seem to want it.

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  11. I sure enjoy your shots. They remind me of home. I miss the eagles on the Missouri.

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  12. Those eagles. Such impressive birds!

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  13. I was attracted here by the blog name which is so far from my experience and I hope to learn some new things and I already have.Purple finches and bald eagles do not feature in the bird life here. Delightful photos.

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  14. Some wonderful bald eagle photographs here! It seems that the river does not have a problem but some people might. Of course, for now, the only solution is to adapt.

    But yes, I really get it, how can we fix a problem if we never know very much about it?

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  15. Magnificent bald eagle photos! You definitely captured the majesty. I wish the weather weren't so warm here in Virginia. We've had very little snow this winter. Come spring, there won't be a snow melt to feed the rivers and streams. Not good for this summer. Plus, my tulips are popping. *sighs*

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  16. Eagles never cease to arouse awe. I was particularly struck by the sculpture. I've seen it before! So fun to share an experience with a person I only know through the digital world. My capture of the same eagle is at this link.
    http://waverlytotahoe.blogspot.com/2010/10/home.html
    Thanks for the memories!

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  17. so brilliant and so majestic Steve...love the photos!

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  18. We have both bald eagles and purple finches here but I've never gotten a good picture of either. Glad you did so I could come and see.

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  19. Thank you for bringing us to this magnificent land!

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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  20. Powerful and majestic they surely are... We saw three yesterday on the way back from a road trip south into Iowa along the Mississippi. Two Balds overwatching a huge flock of mallards wintering in a small trout stream and later a Golden flying up a coulee in Bluff Country.

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