Saint Valentine’s 2013

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I got these gorgeous roses and supper out! I’m such a lucky person! There was also the cutest message in my email this morning.

When I was young, we didn’t have this in Sweden. Can’t say exactly when it started, but at least when I was in grade eight, it wasn’t there and that was 1970. Once it started, it was easily adopted and a well-liked day.

It’s so nice to take photos of flowers … most of the time they stay put — don’t fly around like the birds. There are days I feel I’ve put the rib too high when it comes to photographing birds in flight … days like today. Nothing turned out good.

At least I got one of, what turned out to be, a hawk. We were downtown, and drove by the ‘duck place’… Marsh Creek. I saw some deer lying in the snow on the other side. They were way too far off for a good shot, but I had to try anyway. As I was trying to focus on one of the deer, some big, brown bird, with a hooked bill, flew up off one of the little islands there.

bird_ofpreyOf course, I had to re-focus and try to capture it but didn’t expect much. When I got back home and got it up on the computer screen, I saw that at least it was good enough for ID:ing so I posted it to my helpful Flickr group for help with bird-ID. Didn’t take more than five minutes until I had the answer: Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk.

It was a good day! 🙂

19 Replies to “Saint Valentine’s 2013”

  1. I was going to say RedTail Hawk when I first saw it but didnt think you had them up there. Guess you got everything!
    Good pic.

  2. I love the close up of the roses…and the hawk, gorgeous! You don’t see that in my neck of the woods 🙂 Seagulls, yes..and flocks of birds flying in formation – that fascinates me. Do you study birds at all? Why do they fly in formation I wonder. Also, the seagulls on the beach all stand together in one huge flock facing the sun as it sets. Amazing and incredibly beautiful.

    1. Thank you, Janine!
      No, never studied birds … only like them. But they fly in formation because aerodynamics or whatever.. flying in a V makes it easier on the others, except the leader, so they change leader every now and then.. pretty clever..

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