Although greeting every new day is a blessed event, this new day’s spectacle was truly remarkable and I’m thankful to have witnessed it.
Fitzi’s eyes are the most remarkable brown.
I remembered that during a drive in the awful winter of 2013-2014, Faye was able to stand almost directly beneath this Snowy Owl perched atop a hydro pole and capture this truly remarkable image.
As we left Pelee National Park, I looked up and spied a Bald Eagle riding the stiff west wind. It slanted across the wind, travelling north, the same direction as we. The eagle rode the wind just above tree level, sometimes below treetop height and having to weave through the limbs to clear air. As I drove Faye got the camera. If I stopped we fell far behind so I continued driving as Faye looked for an opportunity. This is a pretty good shot given the conditions.
We shared space for about five kilometers and time for about ten minutes, before finally parting ways in Leamington near the ferry dock. It was a truly remarkable, unique experience.
Yesterday’s storm was a doozy, 15 cm of heavy snow fell in about eight hours. The wind picked up during the day, up to about 60 kilometers per hour or more. The last few klicks of my drive home was harrowing, I don’t care to do that again.
Faye was home and I was, am, grateful. Had she been working away from home I would have been full of worry and concern about her getting home. She cleared the deck, the dogs were safe and comfortable, she generously ensured that there was plenty of sunflower seed scattered for the birds hanging on through this (I hope!) last big storm.
She also took photos, including this remarkable image of snow in our chain link fence. Remarkable. Snow, a most ephemeral substance, gathering, piling, accumulating on the fences’ narrow round fabric despite the incredibly strong gusty wind.