A couple of weeks ago while taking one of my daughters out for some driving practice on the backroads, I got the chance to witness a wildlife interaction between a great gray owl and a whitetail deer. This doe passed right in front of the perched owl. Both watched each other as if to say, "Howdy neighbor! How are you this evening?"
Before the deer came along I was hoping to get a shot of the owl looking at me, but to no avail. As the owl finished watching the deer pass by to his left, he finished turning his head to take a quick glance behind in my direction. Just long enough for one quick photo and confirmation that he's a great gray owl. I owe that helpful doe a thank you. :)
Further down the road we got to see several more owls, of which I got more photos. I'll share some of those pics in a separate post, as I have more sorting to do first. Soon! :)
Not an actual sighting yet, but circumstantial evidence reveals our yearly visitor has returned. I discovered this recent bear scat at our place today. Time for us to be on high alert again when out and about. Wildlife abounds! :)
The morning dew enhances the beauty of wildflowers and grasses.
One of my many delights that greet me on my morning walks. :)
What are your dreams?
Anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows that my biggest dream is living and hiking in the mountains. But living our dreams doesn't just happen.
I've been able to call the mountains my home for the last 24 years and counting. We gave up a lot to move here and it hasn't been easy, but it's the life we've chosen with no regrets on the trade-offs we've made and continue to make every day.
As to hiking, I get out in the mountains often because it's what I love to do, so I choose to make it a priority. To make it happen, I simply look at my schedule and make an appointment with myself and others to get out there. Cancellations are rare.
Life is busy for all of us, and it will keep us from living our dreams if we let it.
Living our dreams is about the choices we make every day.
We have to make our dreams happen. Chase them with a passion! :)
We enjoyed a picnic lunch with sunshine, wind, and beautiful views earlier this month at Lost Horse Observation Point. Afterwards, we headed down south of Darby for a hike up Tin Cup. Photos from that part of the day to come in another post. :)
There were seven turkey vultures in all. We were kept amused as we watched them gather together on the fence, flap around, and circle around overhead.
I put together some clips from Jamie's video footage. It would have been better if we had a tripod with us, but it's still fun to watch these interesting birds. :)
Remember to watch the video in fullscreen for the full affect.
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