Well, that was fun

I find it interesting as I log into my blog that my last entry was exactly one year ago. Before the world changed like I have never seen before. Home life changed, work life changed, social life changed.

The weekend drive to our favorite diner in Malin was pretty much cancelled. Oregon shut down and all food establishments ended up doing carry-out only. While I have no issue doing carry out, it made no sense to drive 35+ minutes to get food. So we quit going. Once we opened back up under restrictions, we would go maybe once a month. But it just wasn’t the same.

Not going out on the weekends pretty much meant staying home to stay safe. We did continue our weekend drives from time to time, but things just seemed different.

Last year I didn’t use my camera near as much. I want to change that. Sometimes it seemed like a hassle to load everything up, drive to the Refuge (mostly) and not see a whole lot of birds and animals. As the summer hit, we didn’t have a lot of water on the refuge, which meant of course not alot of birds. We were blessed with seeing the goslings and ducklings. My favorite Eagle road was shut down from March through July, so there was no shooting the Eagles and their babies.

We did get out tho. Just not much with the camera.

Yesterday the Mr. and I went for a drive on two refuges. The first refuge Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, was frosty, and there were a few eagles. I captured this eagle amidst the frost on the willow trees. I have to say it is one of my favorites!

I was excited to get home and look at these images from the trees that were trimmed in white frost.

We drove our usual route on the refuge and got discouraged. There is not a lot of water, therefore there isn’t a lot of waterfowl, and less eagles.

We decided to drive to the Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge. I was on one of the local Facebook pages and people were posting some Eagles from that refuge. So we hit the auto tour route and were not disappointed! Almost every power pole for a good 2 mile stretch had Bald Eagles perched on them!

It was amazing to see three together. One looks mad. But they were just so awesome to watch. I stayed in the truck (as I normally do) and the husband creeped and stopped, I opened my door and got the shots I wanted.

There are times when getting out of the vehicle is necessary, like when shooting the goslings and ducklings. You can’t get a good shot through the weeds!!!

Who knows what this year will bring. So far I am not too impressed. I don’t want to cancel my subscription to 2021, I just want peace.

There will be changes this year for all of us. I know I am tired of hearing “This is the new normal”. Personally I want my old “Normal” back.

All we can do is keep our chins up! And be thankful for every day we wake up! Be grateful for all that you have and all that you are! Don’t forget to reach for the stars and get out there and capture what your eyes can see! Share your happiness, share your world!

Happy New Year To You All

May you all be blessed.

T Lynn

Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year

Wishing all of you an amazing 2020!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

Did you make any resolutions?  Do you make resolutions? Do you follow through with those resolutions?  

Me?  No.  I don’t make resolutions so to speak, but I have a conversation with myself.  I try to remember what “didn’t work” the last 365 days.  And how can I change things to make them work for the new year.  There are those times when I need to remind myself, that what I was about to say was “so last year” and remember what I told myself.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  It’s all dependent on the situation.  Being a red head, sometimes the short fuse gets lit and I don’t stop and think before I react.

 That said, I also like to attempt to learn something new every year.  Find something in photography that I would like to learn.  Right now I need to learn to slow down.  I think I have a tendency to shoot first, so to speak.  I need to slow down when I see things that aren’t going to go away.  But sometimes I am so wanting to get “That Shot” and then I get home and become very frustrated because 95% of my shots are blurry.  Then I get discouraged and want to sell everything I own.  

What I really need to do is learn from my mistakes.  I have learned that I need to slow down and take my time.

I would love to learn something new this year, but I haven’t really figured it out yet.  I am sure it will come to me sooner or later.  In the mean time I will continue to do what I love to do.  And that is, hop in the truck with my husband with my gear and meander down the road! 

We haven’t been out yet this new year, but we did go then end of December 2019.  It did not disappoint!  

While it may seem my focus is on the eagles, this is not true because there are so many different things to see.  

The hawks were by far more in numbers than the eagles.  We saw a smaller lighter colored hawk and I thought for sure it would fly away because I was not “ready”  my lens was on manual focus and it took me a bit to realize that, so I thought for sure it would fly away never to be seen again.  Nope, not this time.  I keep forgetting to put my bird book in the truck, so of course I had to figure out what it was.  I had shot one last year, so I cheated and looked through my facebook page where I had asked someone what it was.  

So this beauty is a Roughed Legged Hawk.  I just love the lighter colors and the eyes.  Thank you hawk, for standing still for minutes on end while I tried to be organized.  

Roughed Legg Hawk

Roughed Legg Hawk 02

Then of course you have your occasional coyote.  This one was a bit far away, but I was still able to capture it.  They seem to be pretty healthy this winter.

Coyote 01

Eagles, we didn’t see a whole lot of mature bald eagles this time out, mostly the juveniles.  They are still captivating.  To me anyway. I hope you enjoy them as well.  

Eagle James E

This beautiful mature bald eagle was on “his side of the truck” so the hubby gets credit for this one!!

Eagle 01


Juvenile Bald Eagle 01Juvenile 03

Juvenile Eagles 03

It is very interesting to see the different stages of the juvenile bald eagle.  The one on the left looks like it just got out of a mud bath!!

We are so fortunate to live where we do and experience what we see!  I enjoy every minute we are out and about regardless if we see anything or not.

Grab your camera and go shoot up the new year!

Be Happy

Be Safe

Happy Shooting

Tracy Lynn

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