We don't go out much. Period. So much drama and so much work to get dressed up to go out in public. Ha. Honestly I'd call sitting out on our back deck watching the animals, grilling a steak and having a glass of wine my favorite kind of date. But alas, working for a nonprofit now requires a few "dress up" dates. So since it was such a momentous occasion, I had my child take a picture of us.
It's my favorite picture ever. All I can do is laugh at it. We'll try it again in 3 weeks, when we have to dress up again to go to the ball on Valentine's day.
Wednesday night I was doing the first church van pickup and I knew the sunset was beautiful, because I could catch glimpses of it from my sideview mirror. Finally the other adult told me to stop as we crested a hill before our first pickup...I was way ahead of him! And this is why my camera goes just about everywhere with me!
It just does not get any prettier than this! Thank you God for your glorious painting!
Each one new and each one different, but always spectacular!
Remember when I said we saw more eagles in captivity than out? Well, I discovered something. I noticed a video that was posted to the state parks facebook page. And and I was watching it, I could have swore I saw eagles in the video. So, I decided to get my picture back out and zoom way in...guess what I discovered? Eagles...LOTS AND LOTS of eagles! HUNDREDS of eagles! I assumed this flock that I saw were seagulls. Looks like it, right?
Until I zoom in...
If you look for the black bodies, you'll see the white heads. In with all of them are seagulls and snow geese, so you have to look a little harder, but you'll eventually start picking them out. Amazing!
After visiting the state park nature center, we started venturing around to other parts of the lake. THATS'S when we saw 2 flying overhead and found a spot to pull over. Luckily there was a pier there and I was able to catch a glimpse of them over the water. It was worth the trip right there. (Notice the REAL ducks in the water too! Ha!
And then it landed. I'm assuming on a sand bar or something, I'm not really sure. But it was really cool.
I know people that see them all the time. But when you don't, you tend to appreciate them a little bit more. This was an awesome day and punk #2 has asked me several times when we're going back!
As we were leaving, we saw this massive flock of seagulls. It was crazy! I have no idea how many birds were out there, but it was cool to see. The one thing I try to do everyday is appreciate the little things. They may be pain in the butt birds, but God put them here for a reason. Appreciate everything, because it can be gone in the blink of an eye!
Unfortunately, Reelfoot is a hard lake to "watch for eagles". It's hard to explain, but it's basically a hunting/fishing lake. There are places to pull off to look at the lake and there are piers to walk out on, but unless you have a flat bottomed boat, you're not getting to the area's that the eagles hang out. You'll see some, we saw 2 flying as we drove in, but finding "a bunch" is pretty hard to do.
We saw more in captivity than in the wild.
I didn't really care.
I've seen comments online from people wondering why these 'not-so-nice' birds are our national bird. Honestly, I don't care. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. They were on the endangered list not too long ago and now they are just about everywhere. They are MY symbol of what freedom is. If they weren't, I wouldn't have driven over 3 hours to "see" them.
We saw other animals also. These were caged because they had become injured somehow. But at this point they could not live/survive on their own.
The kid had to take a "selfie" with it. LOL
I was fighting my focus through the fence, so it's not as clear as I wanted it, but boy does this picture crack me up. Big dude wanted on the perch and the redhawks were having nothing to do with him, so as with children, he threw a hissy fit. It was awesome.
And then after getting busted, acted like nothing happened.