July 13, 2010

the wilds

this shot was taken by my brother during his alaska vacation.  what he didn't know while he was fishing for rainbow trout that this eagle was perched about 15 feet over his head. one of the guys let a small trout off the hook and as he threw it back, the eagle swooped in to take the fish. 

he never could get a shot of the fish in the eagle's talons, as the eagle continued to "fish" after the guys stood to watch him.

but wow...i love this shot.  this shot says "freedom" and "majesty" to me.  it's powerful.

i hope you all had a great weekend.  i spent saturday drinking in the beauty of the book "to kill a mockingbird" as it was the 50th anniversary of its publication.  i will upload some shots of the courthouse tonight where we sat, just like scout, in the balcony.  we listened as various people read from the book and the words washed over me.  the sadness, the humor, the truth - all of it through scout's eyes.  after - we could meet the woman that played scout in the movies - even now you can "see" scout in her.  as we left, we asked for directions to a local restaurant and was directed to a catfish house.  we 'just missed' harper lee having lunch earlier in the day...

23 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shot! Glad the camera was handy.
    I was awed to see a bald eagle dive for fish on a lake in Southern California. I had to just stand still for awhile because it was so unexpected. Eagles are far and few between down here.
    How cool that you got to hear To Kill a Mockingbird in an authentic setting!

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  2. I really need to read that book again...it's been too long. And what a great shot by your brother. Birds in flight are so amazingly beautiful.

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  3. this is an amazing shot! see, that's the kind of thing i want to be able to get!

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  4. This has got to be as close to perfect as a photograph can get!

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  5. Wow - what an amazing shot!

    I'm SO envious of your TKAM event - it's by far the top on my list of all time favorites, and the book that shaped so much of my own beliefs about people. I'll be re-reading it this summer, as I do every summer...

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  6. wow....your brother was in the right place at the right time !
    this is just fantastic !
    he must really proud of it !

    so since he's back in town, i guess the days of walking around in just your underwear are over, huh ?

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  7. Wow is right!...and your brother has amazing reflexes to be quick enough to capture this shot! Hope he frames it...

    I just started re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird...it has been many, many years since I first read it but thought this was a good time to do it...

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  8. this is a gorgeous shot...the wing span is amazing!

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  9. OMG...what an incredible shot!!! Holy cow, I could look at this all day. And "To kill a mockingbird" is my all time favorite book!!! I think it's time to re-read :)

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  10. It is amazing to be that close. When my sister lived on Vancouver Island, by the beach there was a nest of eagles. It really was one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen. gorgeous, take care.

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  11. what a shot!!!

    and i remember loving that book. i might need to re-read it!

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  12. beautiful shot,Char...freedom and majesty I agree.

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  13. wow, that is amazing -- it must have been the sight of a lifetime.

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  14. wow..she's still living...i didn't realize that. that would have been something to have seen and eaten lunch by her.

    fantastic shot! it almost looks surreal.

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  15. Char i am so envious of this shot i long to get one like this one day. reading to kill a mockingbird in the courthouse wonderful so wonderful.

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  16. This is so cool. The shot of the eagle, the story you told.
    Have you ever read 'The Moonflower Vine'? It was written at the same time and is now being republished.

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  17. it seems like i did read moonflower vine but my memory is fuzzy...i need to look that up.

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  18. Wow...an amazing shot. A true blessing to be in the right place at just the right moment!
    Very powerful feelings flowing from its beauty!
    Great details too!

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  19. wow, that is a stunning shot. I love the wing span and the water drops behind him. looks like photography runs in the family. :)

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  20. A beautiful eagle. They are stunning creatures.

    You just missed her? Really? Wow. That's pretty exciting in itself.

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i feel as if each comment was between us as we sat and sipped something warm....i love to hear what you're thinking.