They’ve Returned!!

One of the best things about spring is watching all the migratory critters return after a long absence. Today, while out on a quick drive along the Smith River, we saw the first osprey of the season! Normally when we see osprey, they are up in their nests or soaring above the river, but today they were on the fence! There were two sitting a fence post apart. Their nest was close by and we figured they were out gathering fluff in preparation for eggs. One of the osprey had a fish in his talons, so we must have caught them on their lunch break.

One of them took off and landed further out in the field, but this gorgeous boy stayed for quite a while, allowing me to take some pictures of him.

Eventually he grew tired of being watched, and flew off to eat his fish in peace. ¬†Welcome home, osprey, it is good to have you back. ūüôā

The Elusive Meadowlark

I hear their song out the window as we drive down the road. They are on fence posts and road signs. They are taunting me. Look at me, they sing in their beautiful voice. But as soon as I look, they are gone. As soon as I raise the camera, they disappear. I want desperately to watch them. To listen to their beautiful song. To enjoy their presence.

Still, I hear them laughing at me as they hide in the grass.

Twice now I have been lucky enough to snap a shot of these beautiful birds before they had a chance to fly away. Somehow, I must have caught them off-guard.  

I would love the opportunity to get better pictures of these little beauties, but I have learned that when it comes to meadowlarks, I better be happy with what they give me! 

Maybe someday they will tire of hiding from me. Maybe…¬†¬†

Earth Day 2012

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir, 1913, in L.M. Wolfe, ed., John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

We celebrated Earth Day with a picnic down at Giant Springs State Park. This has to be one of the nicest spots here in town. It is so peaceful, beautiful, relaxing. The sun was warm, the wind calm. It was a gorgeous day.

After eating our fill of yummy picnic food, we took a walk on the path along the Mighty Mo. The springs, as always, were extremely beautiful and calming.

Some very fragrant yellow flowers were adding some pretty color to the still-bleak landscape.

This pretty little girl was busy eating lunch while her partner slept on the rocks close by.

 Not too far down the trail, another pretty little girl was enjoying the sun as much as we were.

I’m not sure what this robin saw, but she stood there staring for the longest time.

And just when I thought she was going to fly off, she came out and posed.

I hope you were able to get outside and enjoy nature today.