The Weekly Smile

Thursday was my first day of vacation and I got out of the house early (7:30) to take a walk. It was in the 30’s but the sun was shining and I was excited not to be working! I walked around my favorite pond but I think the birds must have still been sleeping as it was pretty quiet. As I was leaving I happened to glance up and there in the very top of a tree overlooking the river that lies on the other side of the pond, was the unmistakable sight of a Bald Eagle. When I was growing up Bald Eagles were extinct. They were affected by the pesticide DDT, leaving them unable to lay eggs that would hatch. After the pesticide was banned they made a slow recovery and began to populate once again. I have seen them in my area, and each time I am almost moved to tears at seeing them. The fact that they recovered in my lifetime, and they are so majestic as they stand on the branch of a tree. baldeagle1

As I stood watching, another Eagle flew into sight. I quickly attempted to take a photo as he approached, not paying attention to focusing the camera, more intent on just getting a shot if I couldbaldeagleflyinginThey had a bit of a tussle… and then flew off together. dscn9119

What a smiling moment it was for me! What a great way to start my day. I continued to smile any time it came to mind throughout the day. What was your smile of the week?

19 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile

  1. These Bald Eagle photos are amazing, Lisa. You really show what a great photographer you are. By the time I would focus the eagle would have flown (the coop! 🙂 ) xo

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