This is a different hawk than I shared recently, but might have been the best hawk encounter I've ever had. I was walking Rosie and keeping my eyes open for a hawk to photograph, as I usually spot them in this particular area. I didn't see one in the sky, but I did notice one perched in a tall tree off in the distance. I made my way in that direction, knowing it would eventually take flight, and sure enough, about 10 minutes later, it did. What made this sighting so special is that it kept circling right over me, quite close to the ground for a minute or two! I ended up with a handful of shots that I'm really excited about. Once again, patience rewarded.
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."
I photographed this gorgeous red-tailed hawk yesterday while practicing social isolation. Which actually feels pretty similar to my normal life, to be perfectly honest. Not sure if you can relate or not. But either way, these are definitely crazy times. Our world, as we know it, has been halted, but I truly hope you're making the most of this forced slowdown by doing things that you always wish you had more time to do (within your local quarantine parameters, of course). Nap, read, write, draw, binge tv shows, cook, hoard toilet paper, whatever! However you're spending your time, I really hope that you're happy, healthy and well.
Here's another neat woodpecker photo I was able to capture recently. This one reminds me of Batman, hiding behind his cape. Which pretty much tells me that woodpeckers are actually superheros.
A while back, as I was passing through San Simeon, I sat and observed the elephant seals. Which pretty much means I watched them sleep, and occasionally scoot around, or snort. But I was able to get a photo of this beautiful youngster looking my way in between naps. After leaving I looked up some fun facts about elephant seals, and here's my favorite... elephant seals can dive a mile or more below the waves.
"In 2012, marine biologists tracked a northern female's progress as she descended to the amazing depth of 5,788 feet under the surface. Elephant seals are great at holding their breath and can remain submerged for up to two hours straight."