11 June, 2017 Up close and personal
[[WARNING! THERE IS A PICTURE OF MY NEPHEW TOWARD THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST! YOU WILL FIND HIM IRRESISTIBLE!]]
I was dropping a buddy off near Bon Air Wednesday afternoon when we came around a corner and saw this gorgeous Red-tail sitting on the side of the street, just sitting down to lunch:
It’s not impossible that Red-tail killed that squirrel. But this time of year it’s equally or more likely the squirrel got hit by a car and the Red-tail grabbed a quick free meal. There are lots of young squirrels around and they get hit by cars all the time right now.
I “got” a “double” on ospreys the same day, from long distance, near Stony Point. I was parked at Fulton Bank trying to get those ospreys but couldn’t get a decent angle. I like two on a nest though:
I drove across the Willey Bridge and photographed this single osprey from the West End Assembly of God:
All in the same day – there was a lot going on – I was driving in Hollywood Cemetery with another buddy (it’s a great place to watch trains) and we spotted a mockingbird on a tombstone:
So that’s the Red-tail with the squirrel, the double osprey, the single osprey and the mockingbird all on the same day. All in about the same ninety minutes. That was roughly two weeks before the Summer Solstice; it would not be incorrect to say that things are “heating up.”
I should say enough with the junky out of focus pictures of ospreys from way too far away. It was drizzly Monday before I snapped this image of one of Evelyn’s spectacular gardenias in our front bed. Which you can smell perfectly when we stand on the front porch. And even better when she cuts them and makes arrangements in our living room our dining room or kitchen or back porch:
My inner nerd gets out of control disconcertingly often. Not that it’s ever really in control, come to think of it. Friday morning at 9:00 I was parked in Glen Allen and the sky was unbroken blue and I saw a contrail really, really high. Just a white line with a dot in front. I have a few apps on my phone that tell what planes are overhead. I got it out and took a screen shot. This was the plane:
This is the contrail. This is what a plane looks like at 37,000 feet (7 miles) overhead. For reference, that plane would be about 8,000 feet (1.5 miles) above the top of Mount Everest:
That’s an Airbus A320. Incredible.
Enough already! Ev and I went to Blacksburg this weekend to visit my brother Shane and his lovely wife and handsome son. His name is Wesson and the photo credit for this one goes to Evelyn:
We had Mackey and Turner with us; their dog’s name is Tara, and the three of them play (and hike) well together:
Here are two pictures of Mackey – he can do both these roles. The first picture is from when we were hiking yesterday on Little Stony Creek near Blacksburg. It was hot and Mackey hopped in the creek to cool off:
And when you get back to the house, it’s time to relax:
So that was a long overnight trip and yet again I am running short on energy and time. Have a great week! Come back next week!