Last Evening's Walk
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Yesterday was a great day! One it was Saturday, two the weather was perfect! Blue, sunny skies, 85...and no humidity - which is a major change from the high 90's (degrees and humidity).
I finished up all my chores - inside and out, took a 4 mile bike ride and wanted to take a walk at one of our local nature areas by a local river. I called a girlfriend and off we went. What a walk.
When I threw my purse in my trunk, I noticed l had left my binoculars from a previous kayaking trip, so out they came. We weren't a quarter of a mile in and I could hear the bald eagle chirping. We stopped, looked up and there he was - sitting on a branch not 8 feet above our heads - and he just continued to sit there calling to his mate as we handed the binoculars back and forth. It was almost as if he was putting on a show for us. We would train the binoculars on him and he would open his beak and scream and then stop and turn his head so it appeared as if he was looking straight at us.
Another 1/4 mile and we saw a warbler taking a drink - teeny, tiny - beautiful...golden-green head, moss green body.
But the best was the fawn... We were walking along, flapping our gums, and I looked off the path and couldn't believe my eyes...not 5 feet away from us was a fawn all nestled in the undergrowth. He was so well camouflaged that my girlfriend didn't even see him at first. We walked on and I looked out to the river and couldn't believe our luck, yet again. Sitting against a try was a buck and a doe! They were a little harder to see b/c they were farther away, but the binoculars helped. Walked a little farther again, saw another doe eating away. Then saw a yearling, again, not 10 feet away from us. It was an incredible nature walk - we even checked what time it was so we knew what time to come back next time.
Today, I have an errand in another county which has another great natural resource area. I'm throwing my shoes in the trunk with the binoculars and hope I have another day of seeing nature up close and personal!