And then the light changed
Thursday November 03rd 2011, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Family,Wildlife

(Pardon me while I marvel at how much Parker has grown since last December. I know. They do that. Still.)

Saw a hawk. Then a second.

Now, typically a raptor in the sky will have its wings stretched wide, the very tips splayed a bit, floating high while they watch over their part of the planet, making it look like the easiest thing in the world–no flapflapflap here, that’s crow stuff.

This afternoon, though, we had a good stiff wind straight out of Alaska and plummeting temperatures to match. Brrr. There’d been a flurry of birds at my feeders this morning, clearly aware of what was coming, all trying to get a good meal fast before it got bad; then as Alaska came in, the feathers on one dove were blowing backwards and she was pushed nearly off her feet.

Needing to run to the post office, I sat at a long light. I looked up and watched the scene in the sky.

The hawks both had their wings wide, but then the wind turned sharp; as the trees danced, they didn’t retreat to the branches below but pulled their shoulders up and into a V and rocked sideways, rock, rock, rock like me without my balance trying to walk a tight straight line without my cane–a stagger effect going on there, definitely. The wind inhaled and counted to ten, wings soared wide for the ride, then, blow! Rock, rock, rock in that tight V again.

It suddenly hit me what they looked like: the surfers at the annual Mavericks competition, looking for the biggest waves to ride to shore, as if they were having the times of their lives.  And then it occurred to me that if these were young ones, (too far to tell), it was probably their first time experiencing real weather.

The currents events of the day. Rocky or smooth, it was all part of their territory.

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You’re sure that’s the same kid?

Birds … and the next scary ride at Disneyland …

Comment by Don Meyer 11.04.11 @ 9:05 am

such a great photo of Parker asleep on Dad! especially Dad’s big grin!

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.04.11 @ 12:17 pm

Wow! Look how he’s growing!!

Love the bird-surfer image.

Comment by Channon 11.04.11 @ 3:52 pm

It is all about being there, really being there so one can notice sky surfers, isn’t it?

Comment by twinsetellen 11.04.11 @ 7:07 pm

Did you see this video of the starlings? It’s so beautiful and it made me think of you.

Comment by Momo Fali 11.04.11 @ 7:25 pm

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