Monday, November 30, 2009

Eagles at Conowingo


I DID NOT TAKE THIS PHOTO!
(pretend to be surprised)
A couple times MevetS walked away
left me to *guard* his camera
let me click the shutter


maybe feel like *one of them*
the people with proper camera equipment
gathered there like paparazzi
(this is only a portion of their number)

I like crooked horizons, btw
so there!
Distorted like the sight of tens of eagles
(closer to hundreds, almost)
soaring over abandoned car parts
and bits of garbage washed ashore
at the foot of a dam

fishing among fishermen
and stray cats
scavenging for prey
looking for life to take
and unequivocally overlooking us
to their honor

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I mean to make some point, but don't have the patience with myself tonight to actually get there.

;-)

I'm pretty convinced the Conowingo Dam in Maryland is THE place to go on the East Coast to see bald eagles in winter.

It's spectacular!  Go there!

(bring your long lens, though)

I've never seen so many eagles at one time, in so many plumages... juvenile eagles are gorgeous!

The setting doesn't befit them, but still it manages to be memorable and goosebump-making.

I'll remember the people there with me and the sound of their cameras (hundreds of shutters clicking at once like the sound I imagine on the red carpet at a movie premiere) and feeling very, very lucky to have the chance to witness such a thing.

Go!

5 comments:

Patrick Belardo said...

Reminds me of my trip to Bosque del Apache in NM. A bird would fly by and it was like machine guns going off. I made the mistake of accidentally being in front of one person and got a really rude reaction.

Rabbits' Guy said...

The eagles are beginning to gather way up the Skagit River here too, for their winter feeding on spawned out salmon. Hundreds of birds, thousands of people!

bobbie said...

I like crooked horizons too.

I envy you this experience. Both because of the eagles and because of just being there under these circumstances. More, please.

Bill S. said...

Oh, the beautiful flight of an eagle. They are just starting to congregate on the Snake River where they will winter. We have hundreds here, but not the population of people, so we get to see and photo them many times alone.

Lené Gary said...

Sounds like fun, Laura. I love your shifted horizon lines and your smiling profile picture. You're glowing. I hope you're having a great holiday season. :)