Saturday, December 13, 2008

Immense

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You've surely seen those spectacular nature shows, where tens of thousands of animals fill your entire field of vision, and go thundering across your television screen. If you are like me, your thought process goes something like this:


Awed: Wow....just....wow....


Curious: How did they ever manage to get those shots? They must have spent months, waiting for that one perfect moment. It must have been a once-in-a-lifetime moment.


Wistful: Can you imagine being able to witness something like that? To experience that kind of Force of Nature. If only...


I guess I imagined this sort of experience was only for the super rich, who had the time and the money to travel to the veldt or the tundra. I thought I would never be the person who had the face-to-face contact with Nature with a capital N.

And, boy was I wrong.




Robb and I were invited along on a birding trip, and my heart is still pounding from the thrill. We saw thousands and thousands and thousands of migrating birds. We heard thousands and thousands and thousands of migrating birds.




Robb and I are both exhausted. When I've sifted through my photos, and given more thought to the whole experience, I'll surely have more to say.



Until then, I'll just state the obvious: The Natural World is an awesome place.



(By the way, you can click on the photos, to see a larger image, or you can visit my Flickr page...)

15 comments:

spinnity said...

Honk if you love the Central Valley in winter! Honk honk honk honk honk honk honk... who am I?

Love these shots, Lisa.

Anonymous said...

One word - amazing!

The Wandering B's

Kim said...

Wow!

and I bet the real thing was more incredible than these lovely photos.

cath said...

WOW!!!

Fluffy Cow said...

How wonderful for you two to have this experience. Now kind for you to share!

egretsnest said...

Fantastic photos. I'm sure it was overwhelming. The Central Valley is an amazing wonderland. Looking forward to hearing where you went. And seeing more photos.

John and Diane said...

Beautiful pics! Makes me want to go to Bosque del Apache NWR (a couple of hours south of here) and see the snow geese and sandhill cranes. The sound they all make is AMAZING, as is merely the sight of so many birds.
-D

Debbie said...

Awesome pictures! Can't wait to see more and hear all about it.

Kay/The Little Foxes said...

Amazing photos! I look forward to hearing more about it.

This fall, I went on a bird banding expedition with my son's 4th grade class. Though we only got to watch two birds being banded, my son and I were both overwhelmed by the experience, the locale, and the project leader is incredible. We were ready to give all our personal belongings to Goodwill and take our camping gear (held back from the Goodwill donation drive, of course) and move up to Big Bald and band birds for the rest of our days. Turns out it's a seasonal project (during migrations), and they welcome volunteers - they generally don't require people to give up their lives for the project. So we are hoping for an available training spot in 2009. My pictures won't be like yours, but I hope to be able to share some ;-))

Marleen & Michael said...

As fellow participants in this outing, all we could do when we got home was crawl in bed with our annoyed cat. We're so delighted that you had more stamina than we did, and got some photos up on your blog. We can't wait to see more!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it wonderful how something so beautiful can happen in your life just when you need it the most? Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures and your heart.

Blue Butterfly

Michael McMillan said...

I found your site from flickr. As a comment for the thousands of birds overhead, it is times like that that remind you to wear a waterproof hat, or receive involuntary application of and 100% natural hair gel ;)

BTW: I really like your wet and ruffled hawk picture.

I thought that I saw a bald eagle in montclare just off of the park street exit about 4 months ago.

Martha said...

Phenomenal!

Syndee said...

Wow. Those pics are so amazing! I especially like the one of the massive amount of birds in flight with the sunset. Gorgeous!

Gothknits said...

That first one is just amazing...it would be the coolest drop.

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