Monday, May 23, 2016

Eagle Watchers!

Yesterday as my husband and I were coming back from church,
I asked him if we had time to swing by the eagle's nest on Lake Norfork.
Last year each time I had visited their nest I had failed to see them,
and therefore presumed the pair of eagles must have deserted this nest.

A fellow "Eagle Watcher" was there,
and we visited with her for awhile.
She assured me the nest was occupied,
and invited me to come back and watch the eagles
with her on the following day.
She stated she had been watching them and photographing them
for the past seven years!

An instant bond was formed
as we shared our love of these magnificent birds,
and also found we had a mutual relationship with their Creator.
We hoped to catch some photos of the parent eagles
bringing in food to the juveniles who were still in the nest.

While we waited for their arrival,
my new friend showed me some of her photo albums.
I was so impressed with her beautiful photography.

Not only did she have some superb photos of eagles,
but many other subjects as well.

I enjoyed perusing through her beautiful photographs
and visiting with her as she continued shooting with
her "Fine Pix S" camera and 50x lens
that she had purchased for less than $400 from Walmart!

As we talked, a flock of large birds flew overhead,
and she quickly positioned her camera to focus on them.

She shared with me that she had health problems,
but this hobby was something that seemed to bring
the presence of God nearer to her,
and give her enjoyment and peace.

I had been so busy looking at her photos
and visiting with her,
that I hadn't focused my own camera on the nest.
Two juveniles seemed like they themselves were
having a conversation.
Unfortunately, the parents didn't show up during this visit.

One of the young ones stretched his wings as
he perched on the edge of the nest.
He looked as if he was testing them,
...checking them out
to see if they were ready for that first daring flight!

I returned home to check the flight status
 of the little juvenile Mockingbird
that had taken up residence in my back yard.
He, too, was making progress,
but still not getting too far from home!

The Book of Job in the Bible
has some interesting comments about birds:

"...Ask the animals what they think ---
Let them teach you;
Let the birds tell you what's going on.
Put your ear to the earth ---
Learn the basics.
Listen --- The fish in the ocean will tell you their stories.
Isn't it clear that they all know and agree that
That He holds all things in His hand ---
Every living soul, yes, every breathing creature?"

"When times get bad, people cry out for help.
They cry for relief...
But never give God a thought when things go well,
when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts,
When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom,

Thank you for your visit!
(My Rock4Today blog featuring the Names of God on Rocks,
should have a new post before too long.)

1 comment:

Ruth Hiebert said...

It is always a pleasure to meet new people and find out that you have much in common.I hope you get to spend more time with this new friend.