SOL18: In Search of Eagles

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A few weeks ago, the news shared a story about the roosting eagles.  About two hours east of Portland, OR is The Dalles Dam.  It was built in 1952 over the Celilo Falls. (And it in itself is quite a story).

After 9/11, The Dalles Dam placed restrictions where people were allowed.  Over the years, part of the dam and park has become a safe haven for eagles.  They arrive in December and stay until mid-February.  At that time, they return to Alaska and all places north. Eagles like to stretch their wings to dry out.  I found this humorous.

Since school wasn’t in session yesterday, it made for the perfect time to go and search for eagles.  The first outcropping wasn’t close enough for my camera setup.  So I ventured down a ravine and over to get closer.

For me, there’s a surrender to photography.  I need to follow intuition and just shoot.  Last night, as I looked at my photos, I gasped at a few.  They were grace moments in the day.

 

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6 Responses to SOL18: In Search of Eagles

  1. Tara Smith says:

    Wow, wow, wow. The photographs and haiku were just lovely – what a majestic creature.

  2. Joanne Toft says:

    Wonderful images! I love following the eagles in our area. There is a Nature reserve in Norther Iowa that has a video cam on the winter nesting so we can watch the hatching. There is also one here in Minnesota but I love your photos in flight! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Pat says:

    Beautiful pictures! I love hearing about the success of the Bald Eagle all across the country.

  4. Lucky you, Jone. What gorgeous creatures they are and you brilliantly captured them in your photos and poem.

  5. We have eagles here all winter, especially when the Mississippi River does not freeze over. I love watching them and love photographing them even more. On warmer day I intend to go up river to the Wabasha area (on the boarder of MN and WI where the film Grumpy Old Men was made) to view them over the river – it rarely freezes there and they fish for food all winter long. Great photographs and a lovely way to spend your day off! Kudos to you! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Claire says:

    So beautiful! I love your story, as well 🙂

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