No Photo Challenge for me today. A taxi will call/called (depending on when you read this) for me at 3 am this morning (yes, a.m., you read that correctly) to take me to the airport for a 5:45 am Southwest Airlines flight to the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, to visit daughter #2 (in birth order, not love.) I’m being really daring: not taking my laptop, only my iPad and iPhone, and Nikon sans telephoto (probably.) But I don’t plan to spend much time online, so that’s OK. It’s family time. 🙂
Last week I was walking back to my van from another trip to the library, my favorite downtown (or anywhere) destination when a large bird flew by quite close to me, landing on the tree lawn not far away. Looked like a hawk to me, so I ran over to find I was right. A large one with a wing span of about 2′ or more, it didn’t have any books, but wasn’t in any hurry to leave. I got my phone out and walked as slowly as possible, snapping shots every few steps, just in case it took wing. Finally it flew across the street and stopped again. Only a few drivers seemed to wonder what I was seeing and I got a few more shots before it took off for somewhere less busy. A large smile stayed on my face for some time.
Between the bright sunshine and only having a phone camera, the shots aren’t stellar, but I think they’re good enough to give you an idea of how magnificent the hawk was and why the sighting made me so happy.