The Bald Eagles have started to appear. The first one near Bottrell. We spotted ravens gathering around the gravel pit and suddenly among them, an eagle. It flew into a near by tree….….then came to check us out, flying right over head.# 2 – again with the ravens. It also flew off and watched from a nearby tree.# 3 – getting closer to town, just off Lochend Road, I spotted this beauty! So majestic!!
#4 – We watched a massive Bald Eagle circle the Nature Reserve from our deck and land in the large pine up on the ridge. I grabbed my camera and headed out the front door. It took off from the pine, soaring down to the flats, then started a gradual assent. Full wing span, right over my head. Moments of magnificence!!
One day a few weeks ago, I was on my way home for lunch. The sun was shining and I was enjoying the drive down the hill when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted something on the walking trails! It was a fox!! I was so excited, I grabbed my camera and ran up to the trails. It must have been a sight…it was winter, I was in my dress shoes and long dress coat running up the hill with my camera and long lens in tow! Well, I got to the spot and nothing…but it was fresh snow so I started following the tracks…in and out of the rocks…down the hill…then across the road. Since I was in my dress shoes..not great for winter snow banks…I decided it was probably time to head home…so sadly I started down the hill. Then…off to the east, I saw movement. I crossed the road… steadied may camera and voila…this beautiful sight appeared out of the rocks!!It was as if I asked for the pose…only a mere moment, but truly breathtaking…
Then I watched as this little beauty cruised in and out the the rocks hunting for lunch! So happy I went home for lunch on this day!!
The twin fawns have started to explore the backyard…
They came down out of the woods the other day and went scampering along the back fence finding something good to eat…
Mom called to the young ones from her normal spot in the trees……one listened…popped its head up as if to say “coming mom” and immediately started up the hill…
…the other fawn…kept eating…ignoring the call……eventually looking up as if to say…”Okay, okay…I’m coming”……taking an about face and heading back to mom…
…these little ones certainly bring joy to the neighourhood and I always have a big smile on my face with every encounter!
The “Nature in my Backyard” series of cards, prints and framed art will be displayed during the upcoming Art Walk at the Cochrane clubhouse! Canvas framed in rustic wood, prints framed in various sizes and card collections are available for viewing/sale of the following:
Mountain bluebirds, owls, moose, coyotes, northern flickers, wild Alberta horses, big horn sheep, osprey, baby wrens, golden eagle, finches and more..
Nest on the Bow
This event will run on the second Saturday of each month (July, August, September and October) from 9:30 – 1:00 pm in conjunction with the Cochrane Farmers Market. Come by, say hello and check out the new photography from my recent “Nature in My Backyard” adventures!!
Nature photography has opened my eyes to a new world! I look at things from a different perspective…for instance, I never really paid attention to pigeons before…other than to not look up when they were flying overhead! On many occasions, I walk on the River Avenue Bridge that connects Riviera to the rest of Cochrane. There is a flock of pigeons that live on the bridge. I stopped to take a closer look and discovered that these birds have iridescent throat feathers…how cool!
I love that I learn something new on my photography adventures!
Our neighbours have been telling us that there is a beautiful red fox in the nature reserve. Last month, we finally caught a glimpse and I mean a glimpse. My husband spotted him from the patio doors. We planned a coordinated effort where he was going to open the door and I was ready to capture the moment. It was literally a moment…the door opened he looked and went running…but what a beautiful sight!