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Friday, May 9, 2008

'We could hardly wait to get up in the morning.'




“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who...looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space...on the infinite highway of the air.” ~Wilbur Wright


I'm pretty sure the Wright Bros. were watching eagles soar when they said these words. One beautiful day this week, while walking at Como Lake in St. Paul, I looked up to watch a bald eagle spiralling lazily on the air currents above me. At first I was just enjoying the soft cloud pattern and then saw the black spot turn into a six five feet wingspan against the bright blue. I'm told eagles follow the Mississippi River that divides Minneapolis and St. Paul. I haven't been able to enjoy this skyward view since we left Idaho.


Just a small reminder that even majestic eagles have to start out a bit funny-looking, feathers popping out everywhere, demanding, looking slightly bewildered and gangly.

Today is Friday and that means,this eagle tutorial is my contribution to Skywatch Friday, hosted by Tom @ Skywatch.

And just because its Friday, I'm adding a classic R.E.M. about our sky.
Have a great weekend!

18 comments:

Snap Catch said...

fantastic one for SWF! Hope you'll visit mine too... Happy weekend!

Dave Coulter said...

Your shots remind me that possibly the first bald eagles I ever saw in my life (!) were in Minnesota.

Have a great weekend :)

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for that view, the wonderful quotes, and the exquisite baby pictures! (I wish I could grow out of my funny-looking stage.)

anno said...

What an amazing encounter! And thanks for the photo of the babies -- they are darling!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Perfect example of Sky Watching... just don't know what you will see until you tilt your head back.. :O)

Nice to have seen such a bird flying over head..

Tom

quintarantino said...

Wonderful quotes, and the exquisite baby pictures!

Judy said...

Awe they are so cute. When DH and I see anything flying in the sky we will stop and watch.

Ida said...

Nice Sky Watch.
The history about the Wright brothers are facinating. They where quiet young when they started playing and building planes.
I like the quotation.

Ida

imac said...

Nice skies.

pop over and see my Skies from Belvoir Castle Grounds.

bobbie said...

Watching eagles fly is so thrilling. These are beautiful pictures.

Daniel J Santos said...

excellent sky watch, great images.

John said...

Great sky watch post!

Anne-Berit said...

Lovely post,love it!

Lilli & Nevada said...

At first when i saw that first photo i said what in the world is that so i enlarged it, i see you put a ring around the bird. Great photos

Texas Travelers said...

Great post.
It's 6:30 AM and I am just getting ready to go birding.

Have a great weekend.
Come visit,
Troy and Martha

Tommy V said...

nice

fishing guy said...

Noni: Cool view of the Eagle. I've had a tough time getting flying birds close enough to get a really good capture but just seeing an Eagle is precious.
Very nice SWF.

Sharon said...

How great to be able to see those eagles! Thanks for sharing.