Hawk Eyes

I spotted her high up on the phone pole as I was making my way down the hill to Mill Landing.


A stunning red-tailed hawk.

With her back to me, she was catching the last rays of the sun.

And watching everything.


She looked to the left…


She looked to the right and then far below.


But mostly, she had her eyes on something across the creek, somewhere up in those tall pine trees across the way.


A hefty sea breeze would occasionally fluff her tail feathers, and she would pause to steady herself.


Preening a bit.


The late evening sunlight caught her soft under feathers, making them glow a warm, fluffy cream.


And those red tail feathers for which these birds are so well known, appeared to steady her like a rudder.


Why, I think even her talons glowed!


Yet it was her eyes that had cast me under her spell.

The eyes of these birds do not miss a thing.

Before too long you can’t take your own eyes off them.


Especially if they happen to cast them upon you!


Suddenly my Lady Hawk shifted position on her perch…


And continued to stare across that channel.

I could see her getting excited as the breeze continued to fluff her soft marbled breast feathers.



Then, just when I kinda’ thought she might be ready to move…


Away she flew!


Flying low over the channel water, she swooped up into the pine trees and disappeared out of sight.

At last, I exhaled.

Wowee.

I paused for just a moment at the Landing, and then, headed for home.

Feeling starstruck.

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Birds of Grace

Sometimes I cannot believe the birds who grace this tiny lens of mine.

redtailhawk17-blogDo they know how much I need their “wildness”?

hawk3-blogTheir stunning beauty?

redtailhawk11-blogDo they know how I long to fly with them, or sit high as a bird on a wire?

redtailhawk12-blogI respect their wildness more than words can say. I would never want to change them.

redtailhawk15b-blogAnd so, from time to time our paths cross, and we look upon one another.

redtailhawk13-blogWithout planning or purpose, we meet eye to eye.

redtailhawk14-blogI have no idea why they don’t just fly away. Why they allow me to stay with them for a while.

But whatever it is within these amazing creatures that allows me to catch a glimpse of their magic…

redtailhawk9b-blogFor that I am most grateful.

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Watching Over Us

Well Black Friday turned out to be a “down day” for me. Whether it was allergies or a cold, I had some unanticipated time to sift through my recent photo stash.

And LOOK what I found!

forestbeachloop968-blogMy new red-tailed pal down at Mill Landing.

Perching on his favorite telephone pole, surveying the landscape, just waiting for something to move.

forestbeachloop971-blogforestbeachloop969-blogI love raptors, and during the off-season here on the Cape they are one of “the locals”.

Just like me.

forestbeachloop970-blogWhether perched or soaring high, I always feel a certain comfort when I see a red-tail.

Like they’re watching over us or something.

Reminding us that, All is well.

forestbeachloop972-blogThanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

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Sunday Morning Meditation

Sunday always feels like a day of rest to me. The pace is a little bit slower, the world just a wee bit quieter.

The backyard was especially still this morning. Even the hibiscus wasn’t moving a single petal.

SallyGarden206-BlogAnd just look who came back for a visit, perching nearly motionless in the old pine tree!

SallyGarden207-BlogToday will be the perfect time to get a few ducks in a row for Monday…

SallyGarden208-BlogDo some chores around the “barn”, maybe even stop out for a nap in the afternoon.

SallyGarden209-BlogKnowing me I’ll wind up knee deep in some hat project or other, that’s usually how it goes.

SallyGarden210-BlogYet I’ll hold onto this morning and how good it all felt. When I slipped away from the busy world all around me…

And whispered “hello” to the one that’s within.

SallyGarden211-BlogThanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod.

Sally

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Sunday Nap

There’s nothing in the world like a Sunday nap.

RedTailHawk2-BlogEven a hawk needs to kick back and rest a while…

RedTailHawk3-BlogAnd get ready for the busy week ahead.

RedTailHawk4-BlogThanks for visiting me at Images of Cape Cod, hope you found time for a nap today, too!

Sally

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