I've been aching for a bald eagle photo for years now - they're so rare, so powerful and so beautiful, but the few times I have seen one they were either too far away, or I didn't have my camera. Not this time. After a few days in the Mt. Lassen area, I was driving home on Highway 36 and just happened to glance over to see this massive eagle perched towards the top of a tall tree. To my good fortune, there was a perfect place to pull the car over and grab my camera. It was still quite far off in the distance, but I had my biggest lens with me to provide some range, and improved my odds by crawling under a barbed wire fence to get closer. Photographer's liberties. I was insanely excited just seeing and photographing this beautiful eagle, but to sweeten the pot even more, there was also a baby inside the nest. During such a complicated time in the world, I feel incredibly grateful to have captured this simple scene.
"May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world."
-Jonathan Lockwood Huie
I'm a big fan of the geometrical patterns found in nature. There's even a mathematical formula, known as The Golden Ratio, which much of nature tends to abide by. Through quick research, I discovered that The Golden Ratio is often observed in small things such as spiraling snail shells, the patterns of pine cones, and the swirling of succulents, all the way up to the curling complexities of crashing waves, howling hurricanes and even gigantic galaxies.
"The Golden Ratio is the key to universal physics."
-Sir Edward Victor Appleton
Here's a photo I took during one of my recent walks through the neighborhood with Rosie. Just a happy little bee enjoying the sweetness of a Borage. I know many people are afraid of them, but I imagine I'll always be fascinated by, and love, these tiny, vital critters.
"A work of art; and yet no art of man,
can work, this work, these little creatures can."
I'm not leaving the house much these days, but every time I take Rosie for a walk I make sure to bring my camera. Since all of the hiking trails are closed, we've mostly just been exploring some nearby neighborhoods and I'm actually seeing some really beautiful things in people's front yards. What's interesting is that I've already passed many of these yards over the years, but since I started photography I'm noticing new things in the same old yards. And I'm really excited to see what else I discover. "Discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
I really hope you're not getting tired of seeing my hawk photos, because here's another one for ya! I do try and bring variety to what I send out in my emails and by what I post on social media, but I also try and share the photos that I'm most excited about. And this is one of them. On a side note, I really hope you're happy, healthy and well during these testing times. Don't forget to count your blessings, even when it seems like the world's out to get ya.