8 July, 2018 Where do I start?
This was a mile or two upriver, just when we arrived:
I was practically standing on their leashes when I took the preceding picture:
We dropped Yuki off at his house on our way home. Evelyn and I had dinner on the back porch. Turner and Mackey and Dash joined is for this “after” picture:
I almost started with an “oldie” – a picture I took in June of last year from the parking lot of the Kroger on Ridge Road in Henrico, VA:
I was thinking about clouds and sunsets after I went on my first two short “cross-country” flights this week. My instructor and I flew about 35 miles to KXSA (Tappahannock-Essex County Airport). We just did a few touch-and-goes but it’s still really exciting to actually fly to a different place. Hopefully we’ll go a bit farther afield this coming week. This was our plane:
Mea culpa – no raptor last week – could have gotten an osprey but it’s shooting fish in a barrel. So that’s the second week in 2018 that I have not photographed a raptor. This week I didn’t get one every single day, but I came close. I just don’t know what happened the week before. I was checking all of their usual haunts.
This week I “got” both an osprey and a Red-shouldered hawk on Monday. Tuesday I got a Red-tail near my house. Wednesday (7/4, Independence Day) I would have liked to be more in the patriotic spirit and photographed a Bald Eagle. But I was feeling more independent than that and got a Red-tail on the cell tower near Henrico Fire Station 13. This is that same “red-headed red-tail” I’ve photographed here before. Station 13 is at the corner of Lauderdale and Church Road. I would have cropped this picture more but I left in some detail on the left side. If you zoom in carefully on that panel (it’s a brand new addition) on the left center of the image you can read the words “Lauderdale beta.” I always stumble across the oddest stuff when I’m editing images:
If you’re thinking “this is the time when he usually writes ‘I’m starting to run out of gas,’” you’re thinking correctly. Evelyn continues to grow incomparable gardenias:
And incomparable nasturtiums:
My week was a bit busier than usual and my hand is still in a splint so I can’t decompress the way I normally do (swimming and cycling). So Friday I was under a bit more stress than I’m accustomed to and I was driving near Freeman HS when I saw two Red-tails on a cell phone tower. I immediately pulled in the parking lot and took a not-great picture. But it always calms me down. Double Red-tails are not easy to get:
I’ve mentioned previously I participate in an online book club at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The book we’re currently reading is Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur by Carl Safina. At one point Mr. Safina is talking about photographing and counting ocean going turtles and he says “Among wildlife biologists – just as with indigenous hunting peoples – the company of wild animals produces a deep sense of well-being and connection that feels spiritual.” The company of wild animals always “produces a deep sense of well-being” with me, and I felt it – with a palpable sense of relief – when I took that picture.
Anyway, now I officially am out of gas. Have an excellent week! Come back next week! All best,