~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #15: Changing ~ Changeable ~ Bald Eagle ~

~ A Five Year Odyssey to Maturity ~

When I first saw this beauty, I thought it might be a Golden Eagle. After checking with eBird (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), I learned it was a one year old Bald Eagle. Brown all over, lighter brown on the back. At one year old, it has just a hint of yellow on its beak.

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Seeing this one on the shoreline still asking adults to feed it, I thought it was a juvenile! Since then, I’ve learned the mottling on its chest and extensive white on the wingtips, plus the emergence of yellow on its beak indicate it is about two years old – an immature, but not a juvenile!

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By three years old, Bald Eagle’s still have some white on their chest and underwings, but black-brown feathering is dominant. In the top photo a distinct dark eye-stripe, between its white crown and grey chin-feathers, are characteristic of this still immature age.

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By four years old, Bald Eagles gain their stark-white head and tail-feathers, and their fully-feathered black-brown body. Between four and five, Bald Eagles are fully mature, mate for life and fiercely protect their progeny.

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When this Northern Harrier harassed a mature Bald Eagle, the scene changed in an instant!

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So many changes – some immediate – some gradual, some positive – some devastating. Sending prayers to those who have had their lives turned up-side-down by events beyond their control.

 

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Play With ~

Let’s have some imaginative fun outside!

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Nickels and dimes didn’t come easy when I was a kid, but oh, I would have loved to ride this into the horizon if given a chance!

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Someone’s going to have a unicorn ride in the lake!

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Forts – a kid hide-away -no adults allowed!

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Sand, a bucket or cup, a trowel, a stick provide all a young person needs to be creative. Of course, walking or running on the beach with your dog is also a barrel of fun!

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And then there’s learning to fly a kite on a warm breezy day!

Cheers to playing outside!

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~ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #14: Windows ~ “The View From Here” ~

Leya, challenges us to “find a favorite window and show our special choice,” for this week’s Lens-Artist Challenge.

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This morning, sunshine is pouring through the window of the keeping room, where I sit in my well-worn chair with my laptop to write, blog, catch up on emails/news, and enjoy the view.

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It’s a fairly ordinary window, though the bay type shelf provides space for plants and some glass keepsakes. The Dove is a piece my sister gave me years ago, which provides beauty, as it functions to keep birds from slamming into the glass.

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Another favorite view is from the picture window of our condominium at The Breaker’s in Long Beach, WA.

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We frequently see Black-tail Deer graze through the meadow, and watch Northern Harriers and other birds flying throughout the open space. In spring the meadow becomes a marshland which hosts many migrating birds.

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~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ New Dune Runes ~ Wordless Wednesday ~

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~ Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: #13 Look Up ~

When I start to feel down, I tell myself to look up and find light coming through those clouds, and to remember the ancient adage:

“And this, too, shall pass away.”

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In spring, a bright blue sky glimpsed through fresh chartreuse-green leaves, lifts my thoughts and spirits.

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As spring melts into summer, birds call from trees, inviting me to figure out what particular species I’m hearing. 

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White Crowned Sparrow atop Coastal Pine

Summer is a time to explore and visit new places. These Silver Cedars at Crater Lake State Park, Oregon, are a favorite looking up photo!

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Autumn signals another bird migration, along with heightened intensity of color in deciduous foliage.

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With winter comes snow …

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…and Bald Eagles perched near the beach.

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Mature Bald Eagle

“Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping
Into the future
I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly (oh, yeah)
Fly right into the future”
Steve Miller

 

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: #13 Look Up

 

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