Winter spirit walking

Towner's Woods. Effects added in Picnik.

The joy of all mysteries is the certainty which comes from their contemplation, that there are many doors yet for the soul to open on her upward and inward way.

~ Arthur Christopher Benson

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Towner's Woods. Processed in Picnik.

The last 24 hours or so have been interesting.  I’ve seen two new sights, and the weather has taken some odd turns.

On the Buckeye Trail.

As you may recall, M and I went for a hike late yesterday afternoon as part of our vacation training.  We decided on the Mogadore Section of the Buckeye Trail since it’s nearby.  We hiked on the part of it that runs along the Mogadore Reservoir.  It’s been a while since we’ve hiked that trail and it looks as though it’s been a while since anyone has hiked it or done any kind of trail maintenance.  Trail maintenance is done by volunteers who adopt a part of the trail.  I might look into that.  Perhaps they need a volunteer for this particular section.

Late yesterday afternoon was, as promised, sunny with clear blue skies and a little chilly.  Perfect hiking weather as far as I’m concerned.  The sunlight was slanting just right through the trees, creating a lovely golden glow.  The trail was a little squishy in parts, but since we stayed on the maintenance road rather than go back into the woods, it was dry for the most part.  We know from experience that part of the trail that runs through the woods is likely to be boggy or even covered in water since it’s not cold enough to be iced over.

The first thing we came across that was new to me involved a creature who does this:

Looks like whoever worked on this tree got thirsty.

I have seen evidence of beavers along many of the trails we hike around here, but I haven’t actually seen the beavers or their lodges.  I still haven’t seen a beaver, but I did finally see a lodge yesterday.

Since it was close to the path, M and I were able to have a good look around and even find some of the various entrances to the lodge.

Beaver lodge sculpture

Remember that the beaver reminds us that we have to act on our dreams to make them a reality.  When it shows up, it is a time for action.  Beaver can show you how to construct wonderful dreams.

~ Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

We hiked for a while after leaving the beaver lodge before we saw something else I have never seen in this area.  I’ve heard they might be nearby, but this is the closest to home I’ve seen them.

Bald eagles!!  Two of them, majestically soaring overhead.  They were much too high up for me to capture well.  I’ll post the bad photos because they’re all I’ve got.

I’ve cropped the photos to get a closer view, but there is too much noise and they look awfully pixelated if I crop too close.

M and I stood and watched the eagles for a while.  They didn’t seem to mind us too much.  They even swooped down a little closer a few times, as if checking us out.  Naturally I was not ready for that and ended up with photos like this:

Ah well.  It was enough to see them.

As for today’s weird weather, it snowed like crazy all morning and into the early afternoon.  The weather folks were calling for warm temperatures and rain.  It wasn’t all that cold.  Almost forty degrees.  But it snowed anyway.  Big, fat, heavy snowflakes filled the air.

Most of it melted right away, and now we’re back to clouds and rain.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you so much for dropping by.  Sorry I couldn’t do a better job of showing you the eagles.  Even with a more suitable camera and lens, I doubt I’d have captured them well.  I was so excited to see them that I was doing a little happy dance, and it’s really tough to get good images when you’re dancing around.

46 Comments on “Winter spirit walking”

  1. Margie says:

    I understand how hard it is to photograph the big birds. We have hawks here in the summertime, and sometimes they swoop down fairly low. I am so busy making sure they don’t want to attack, that I don’t take any pictures!

    • Robin says:

      Margie: It’s interesting how the big birds seem to be harder to photograph than the smaller birds. I would think it would be the opposite, but experience shows otherwise. 🙂

  2. mike585 says:

    Lovely images! 🙂

  3. Deborah Lee says:

    The one time I saw bald eagles here in Florida: they were so majestic, and we were so enraptured in watching them, I forgot to take pictures. I think the pictures in my head are always the best ones anyways!

    • Robin says:

      I had the same problem, Deborah. I wanted to watch the eagles, not take pictures of them. And, as you said, the pictures in my head are better than anything the camera captured anyhow. 🙂

  4. I have a hilarious image now of Robin, head back with camera to face, doing her happy dance! You must make M take a camera with him when you hike, so he can capture such images of you! 😀 The photos didn’t turn out too badly at all, you can definitely see they are eagles.

    That’s interesting, beavers realise that the Universe likes speed. We ‘superior’ humans can learn a lot from the so-called inferior animal world! 🙂

  5. Dana says:

    One of the best things about moving from the prairies to the island is that now we get to see bald eagles on a regular basis! They are truly breathtaking creatures, but we still haven’t managed to get really crisp photos of them, either. I like watching them with my own eyes. 🙂

    This is like your North American Friendship post– beavers for Canada, eagles for the US… What animal do you need to see now to represent Mexico? 😉

    • Robin says:

      Dana: Apparently an eagle devouring a snake. Or an eagle and a snake. Or just an eagle. If it’s the third, I’ve got all three covered in one post. lol!

      I prefer watching them with my own eyes, too. I feel like I miss a lot trying to capture them with the camera. That’s why I didn’t try too hard. 🙂

      • Dana says:

        Wow– an eagle devouring a snake– That’s pretty intense! Let’s say, for the purposes of this post, that you only needed to see an eagle and not the snake (dead or being devoured). North American Friendship post success! 🙂

  6. what a lovely walk that was!! the first shot is rather nicely done. Very magical. And the eagles!!! how cool.

  7. You are just having too much fun – an eagle now! (plus a little sun) so envious

  8. Robin, Thanks so much for your blog! Now that I’ve discovered it, it’s like my morning cup of coffee. I drink it in every morning to inspire me for the day… Reading your posts makes me homesick for the USA!

  9. Beautiful photos, fellow midwesterner! I love the light beaming through the trees in the third picture down – just wonderful 🙂

  10. Ellen says:

    Lovely photos!!! even those you don´t like!!! it must have been marvelous to see them in the sky!!

  11. cidnlars says:

    I LOVE Bald Eagles!! They are so amazing up close. I’ve seen them pick up dead deer from the road, so powerful and majestic! Hope you get to see a beaver soon, would love to see photos of that as well!! Thanks for the hike.

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    And to think my end of the state will have low 60s today – thus a good day for a walk.

  13. You can tell it’s a Bald Eagle; it’s a good shot 🙂
    Cool beaver lodge, too…we had a family of them set up housekeeping on a local golf course a few years ago…they were politely asked to relocate.

  14. Pat Bean says:

    Great photos, great quote. thanks for sharing.

  15. What a treat to see the bald eagles! The pictures are good enough to catch the excitement of the encounter – awesome raptors!

  16. David Hall says:

    Absolutely beautiful lighting and gorgeous colours.

  17. I know just how you feel about the bald eagles. THey never seem to come close enough. Regardless, I am always happy to see them. They are so majestic. Nice capture of what you did get.

  18. jeanne says:

    Any picture of an eagle is a good picture…magnificent creatures!

  19. ladyfi says:

    You capture the light so beautifully!

  20. milkayphoto says:

    I think I would just about die (happily) to see a bald eagle in my backyard! What an encounter!

  21. dragonfae says:

    I don’t know what it is about raptors but I find them fascinating. Check out this link to the nest of a pair of bald eagles in Iowa … but I’ll warn you now, once the chicks hatch it’s totally addictive! I couldn’t stop watching last years’ brood. 😀

  22. Love the colors in the first two shots!

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