critters, old and new
I had several new sightings of wildlife I hadn’t seen before. Even managed some shots of them.
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Barely a mile from home at what has been nicknamed the high school swimming pool (actually a flooded field in winter) was my very first sighting of a Green Heron. Not sure what made him raise the top knot, but then he settled back down again. What an interesting little critter. He’s tiny compared to a Great Blue Heron.
Next at the campground where we stayed was a pair of Osprey buzzing around overhead. I very nearly caught a dive into the lake (which was very impressive), but it came out a blur. Eric went kayaking and had one dive into the lake just a few feet in front of him. Of course the camera wasn’t ready for that moment either.
Next up, this Raven wasn’t a new sighting by any means, but he posed so nicely that I just had to shoot him. 😉
Last, but definitely not least, my very first whale sighting. We had pulled off at the Heceta Head Lighthouse turnout and there below us was this marvelous creature. The images aren’t all that thrilling because most of the whale under water, but the moment certainly gave me thrills.
Can’t forget this one that Sissy found. Luckily she happened to be on a leash because she sure was anxious to get up close and personal:
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
― Albert Einstein