NatureLog - My Nature & Nature Travel Blog
Animals Through My Traveling Lens
That tell-tale white.....that large presence on the tree branch. I forget for a moment that I'm in my kayak, as I blissfully look up in admiration at this beautiful, enormous bird of prey in my view. How lucky are we to live in an area where we can see Bald Eagles - and witness them up close. I have friends who live on the Chickahominy River in Virginia and can look out their kitchen window to see the Bald Eagles landing in the trees along their property. While I don't have them right in my backyard, we are fortunate to be able to simply drive to the local Reservoir and revel in their presence. Today, I feel like the paparazzi. There's a slight wind and while I'm looking through the lens at the object of my fascination, I've managed to get closer than I realized. I paddle back away from the shoreline so that I can give this beauty his space. Then I continue on. Until we meet again around another bend. And so it continues. Finally by the end of the morning, I've officially declared myself an accidental paparazzi and I make a concerted effort not to show up in the same place at the same time again. ;-) Read more about the Bald Eagle's resurgence in the Bay Area here....
You may not know what the appearance of a Bald Eagle may mean to you. But for many years I have followed the Shamans' view of nature - that each random appearance has meaning in itself. For the Bald Eagle, there is a beautiful reference to its meaning and its history here. The fact that the sighting of a Bald Eagle has meaning for us to stretch ourselves - beyond what we may not know that we're capable of - has special meaning for me at this time at work. This sighting - or the many this particular day - certainly gives me pause. I reflect on its meaning and have a profound awareness of it. I share my gratitude to the eagles who have shown up for me today....and each time that I see one.
I have come to this particular Reservoir many times in the past and am not always fortunate to see a Bald Eagle. I have, however, had them fly over me "randomly" as I travel the 3 hours from Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia south to my family's home. Each time, I pause. Reflect. And each time it resonates, having meaning to what is happening in my life at that given time.
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."
Aspire to bring more nature into your life - and watch what happens.....
Pamela, Eyes4Nature's proprietor, enjoying life out in the field among the animals and the peacefulness of nature.