Friday Captures

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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Yesterday And More Reelfoot Leftovers

It was a colorful dawn yesterday as I waited for the sunrise. Most mornings I shift positions trying to stay in the moment. The magical colors of the clouds quickly fade. The best color usually a half hour before sunrise. Attempting to read the clouds and how much of the sun will be visible as it crests the horizon. Now and then I wind up in just the right spot. Many times not. For the next two months after the sun rises I will try and position myself to get close to an eagle catching a fish. I expect there to be many cold mornings, cold winds, cold hands, searching eyes. The failures to be common place. A steady pace of adjusting camera settings as the light shifts. Hoping to have it right when that moment comes for a close opportunity.

There will be many things to see during the many hours of waiting. Some expected and a few surprises each day. The gulls and heron were having little luck finding food on this morning. The eagles that I could see all perched in the distance. Eyes searching the water as were mine. A heron picked up a fish from the water and took an unusual path instead of flying to the bank to eat its catch it flew straight up between to bridges to eat the fish up high away from other heron. As the heron landed an eagle came out of nowhere whizzing down through the bridges were I have not seen one fly before. The eagle a little late to cause the heron to drop the fish. Almost every fish that surfaces is quickly picked up by a bird. That bird to be pursued by other birds in attempts to cause  a drop and steal.

A few minutes later a juvenile eagle wings slowly circling the river in search of a meal. The peaceful sight disrupted by a peregrine falcon dive bombs the young eagle. The eagle diving twisting and turning to avoid being hit. The eagle getting the message and rapidly heads down river. lt always amazes me how the peregrines and eagles can seemingly come out of no where. On this morning I failed again to get a close chance at photographing a close eagle catch. Only one chance and that a long going away shot. Will keep trying. All I get to see along the way makes it a more than worthy pursuit…

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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Reelfoot Leftovers

Rain kept me in most of yesterday. Today’s post are leftover photos from Reelfoot Lake. I still have about 400 photos to look at from that mornings shoot. Wow, what a lot of ducks there were mallards, gadwalls, ringnecks, pintails a few ruddy’s……

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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A Visit To Reelfoot Lake In North Western Tennessee

My “Little Woman” said I got a surprise for you. She said we are going to Reelfoot Lake in North Western, Tennessee. Reelfoot is a neat place to visit. It is a little over an hour from home. Usually we make it a day trip and return the same day. This time we decided to drive down in the afternoon. Have a look around and stay overnight. That way to be fresh in the morning. We stayed at Boyette’s Resort on the southern end of the lake at a very good rate of $61.00. The cabin we had was a fifties era design I would think. Small cabin with kitchenette, shower stall, king size bed, wooden plank walls, screened in front porch. Felt like home. Nothing fancy, clean, made to order for folks like us.

Reelfoot lake is a shallow natural lake, swamp like with bald cypress trees scattered throughout the lake and shoreline. The lake was formed when the area subsided during the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes according to Wikipedia. It is a special place to visit surrounded by farming fields on all sides. Beans, corn, and cotton are the primary crops it looked like.

We made a quick jaunt around the lake before checking in for the night. Even driving the levy that keeps the Mississippi River from flooding the area. There are a few eagles nests scattered along the levy. We saw no eagles on the levy, but plenty of ducks on the north eastern side of the lake. As a side note we noticed a new to us combine that was picking cotton and baling it in round bales like hay is baled. It was to dark when we saw this to get photos. Maybe next time. We checked in and had a belly filling meal of Catfish, fries, onion rings, hush puppies and slaw at Boyette’s Restaurant a short walk from the cabin.

We got up early and watched the sunrise. Then headed for the spot we had observed the ducks the prior afternoon. It was one of those special mornings. Four juvenile bald eagles perched in the cypress trees. The eagles a pleasing back drop to the thousands of ducks surrounding them below. The ducks busy dabbling in the shallows. Ducks flushing when an eagle flies low over them. Ducks taking off, circling, coming in to land. So much action and so many ducks I honestly did not know how to photograph them to give the setting proper appreciation. We have been to this spot in the past and the ducks had been to far away to photograph. On this morning they were not. As a bonus an otter popped up below me on the viewing platform. To finish off the visit two juvenile eagles put on an acrobatic display. We decided with great thanks to the powers that be that we had our fill. Did not want to diminish the memory and overdue it and headed home. Smiles on our faces, holding hands, thankful for all the natural blessings we have shared in our lifetime together…..

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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Ya’ Never Know What You Might See

The eagles were a bit more active at the river this morning.¬† Had a few nice close fly bys. All the fish catching and chasing was too far away for photographing. On the way home in the morning I saw this whitetail buck at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. The buck really surprised me by walking across a walkway that is on a jetty, even walking across the wired covered bridge. Stopping and overlooking the lake and cove just like many of the walkers I see in the mornings…

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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