When a public school teacher says, "Whew, that was a weird week," you can bet it was as even a normal week in that arena is odd.
Whew, that was a weird week.
Lucky me, I get to ride home through mostly timberland with the option of driving part of the way through a 6000 acre park.
That is my yoga, meditation, ... crystal gazing "ohhhmmmminnnggg" relaxation technique since I am not a hippie ... unlike some of my treasured blog pals.
This pretty little hawk was sitting on a fence post immediately adjacent to the county road earlier in the week. I went past him, U-turned, and went back. As soon as I unzipped the JEEP window, he flew a little farther back into the cypress swamp, but I was able to get one shot off before he swooped out of sight.
Yesterday, the sky was brilliant and I had a get out of jail early pass since I had covered an absent teacher's class during my planning period. Nobody wants to substitute teach anymore, so we wind up doing this alot.
As is my habit when time allows, I cruised into Devil's Hammock for the slow way home. This beautiful hawk was soaking up the afternoon sun, high in a tree.
When I pulled into my driveway, the sun was low and I had to turn around and head out to a basketball (we won!)tourney, so I sadly assumed my photographic day was over. I hopped out of the JEEP and carried the camera and my laptop up to the porch.
A young barred owl was sitting in the oak next to the porch just high enough to catch some of the now very slanted afternoon sunlight.
Um, ... I mean " Ohhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm"