Monday, March 28, 2016

Swans, Geese and Eagles!

So, I bought myself a new lens and LOVE it!
I have taken pictures of people, a wedding, flowers, family pictures for a friend,  scenery and animals and there are two things I know after almost 4 years of using my Cannon 3T.  I love taking pictures of flowers, but most important, macro shots where you get nice and close and can see details. Sometimes you don't even know there is a bug on it until you down load the photos and BINGO! I took a picture of a bear, pretty close up and I love it.  Scenery pictures are nice too.  
You know what I really and truly know about picture taking?  
I do not like taking photos for a wedding.  
Like, I really don't like it.  
What if you ruin the pictures on the most important day of someone's life? And why is everyone looking in my direction at the same time?  
It's like leading the music in Primary years ago. 
 I did not like it. At. All!
So after all this time I have realized I like the details, the macro, the little surprises you might see in a   macro or zoom photo. 

 Living in Leavitt, close to the mountains is a bonus and I really do realize how fortunate I am to be so close to wild flowers and animals that a lot people don't see in their lifetime.  These Trumpeter Swan photos were taken at the pond over at the Cahoon Homestead.  
Mark's Grandpa Cahoon dredged it with a fresno

I love how straight and focused this Trumpeter is. 
Shouldn't we all be like this. 

Canadian Geese taken about 1 mile from our house on the way to the homestead. 
When I go grocery shopping I tend to buy two of the same item.  Let's put it this way, it's not usual to find two of something in my cart.  It must be a twin thing. 

 Eagle Eye
I get it now. 
I took this picture as he was flying from the trees at Uncle Leon and Aunt Edna's old homestead, which is near the Cahoon homestead. 
FYI...eagles tend to come back to the area where they were born so the same eagles come back to the same place every year.  They have one mate for life. They can live up to 40 years. 
I had always thought that the bald eagles here were just migrating north to Alaska, but I haven't found this fact anywhere. It does seem to be that the bald eagles are only in this area for a short time, which is why I have been busy taking pictures of eagles.  They could be gone tomorrow!

 If you look close, you can see the gopher blood on the beak of this eagle. 
Mark and I went out one Sunday afternoon for a couple of hours so I could take pictures of eagles and we found this sweet picture at the "old Blackmore place" on your way to town. 

I had a crazy day last Saturday.  I needed to go to the grocery store and I figured I may as well take my new lens, which by the way is a 150-600 mm. It's heavy and it. can. zoom. 
This picture was cropped.  On my way home from town I decided to take the "Beazer road" because a friend of mine mentioned on an instagram post that she had seen 9 eagles one day along that road and I'm so glad I did because boy did it pay off. 
I was really hoping to get some shots of an eagle flying against the blue sky so I just waited for this eagle to fly.  He did and of course I wasn't ready, but I followed it and it landed across the road on a fence post. 

(Just so you know, I'm listening to John Denver's Greatest Hits and I love it!) 
And here he is! (the eagle, not John Denver)
Now I have to say that I am sort of skiddish or  maybe you could say that I am aware of trespassing signs in these parts.  I could tell you a sorted and detailed story, but I won't.  Let's just say that a certain "folk" in these parts doesn't like to share. ( I probably shouldn't have said that, but it is a fact and facts don't lie) Back to my story worth talking about...
I parked on the side of the road and took a few pictures of this eagle on the post, but realized that if I wanted to get a picture of this eagle flying then I would have to start moving towards it.  I was at the approach of a home and I looked around for No Trespassing signs and didn't see any so I just started walking, fully expecting for this eagle to start flying away at any moment.  I just kept walking and walking and walking while taking pictures and thinking how crazy it was that he wasn't moving. I walked up to the fence line and realized I was only 8 fence posts away from him. Then 7, then 6. 
 Oh my gosh! I kept clicking and decided to go down the hill a bit and come up around him from the other side.  I ended being 3 fence posts away from a bald eagle!  
The weather was perfect. The sky was blue, a little breeze, some snow on the pasture.  I was by myself, virtually in the middle of nowhere, face to face with a bald eagle. I have to say that I got a bit emotional. I called Mark on my way home to tell him about my picture taking and I had a hard time getting my words out.  Maybe this sounds weird, but I did say a little prayer that I would be able to get some pictures with an eagle against the blue sky and I really do recognize that I had my prayer answered. 

I found some information about Alberta Eagles
 Did you know?
When a bald eagle loses a feather on one wing, it will lose a feather on the other in order to keep its balance!

I also just want to put it out there in blogger land that if the windmills get put up outside my window in the hills of Leavitt you can bet your bottom dollar that the province of Alberta will have a fight on their hands. I'm not sure I have done a blog post on that saga a few years ago.  Perhaps I did.  
Long story short.
Leavitt got wind of the venture with the province wanting to put up huge ginormous power lines and windmills to feed the power across the border.  We collected letters from concerned people in Leavitt and Beazer, as well as people who grew up here and sent them (after making copies) to the Premier of Alberta and other organizations just to let them know our reasons, which are varied and each one as important as the other, why they can not and will not be in this neck of the woods. 
They have backed off for now. 


Christie hunter said...

Wow! Oh, wow! These are beautiful and stunning photos! I understand why you were a little emotional about getting these shots. Just amazing to be that up close and personal with a bald eagle.

Megan said...

These are great. You should check our Raquel's flicker account. She does a lot of macro. She's into monarch butterflies right now.

Dixie Dee said...

Love Love Love your photos Marilee!
I'm so glad you had such a neat experience with your Eagle Friend!