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I know I don’t have the highest vocabulary but I don’t usually have to look up the word for the Weekly Photo Challenge…until today.

It’s juxtaposition.  So here’s my photo:

out of tiny cones grow mighty trees

I was stuck at the computer for most of the day; keeping an eye out for any wildlife to chase after with my camera.  There was an eagle but he flew by too fast.

Common Merganser
Common Merganser

When I finally walked outside I couldn’t come back in!  It was almost 60 degrees today!  I heard it was 70 on the beach!

Merganser Patterns
Merganser Patterns

The patterns this merganser is making in the water match the patterns on his back.

I went for a walk but the only wildlife I saw were people working in their yards.  Everyone seems to be taking advantage of the June-like weather we’re having in the northwest this month.  We’ll pay for it somehow I’m sure.  Some already are: http://koin.com/2014/01/24/2-wildland-fires-burning-on-oregon-coast/

It’s unusual for the humidity to be this low too.  My gage says 66% but it was lower earlier in the day.

Please be extra cautious with your campfires.


The weekly photo challenge is: Beginnings

Bald Eagle - 1st year
Bald Eagle – juvenile

This bald eagle is at the beginning of his life; probably 2+ years old based on the amount of white on his head.  His parents have taught him how to hunt and now he (or she) is surviving on his own.

I imagine he still sees his parents as they remain in the same general area.  But they cannot continue to feed their young or they would put themselves in peril.  So, whether he was a quick-study or a slow learner, he’ll eat what he can find on his own.  He was eyeing a dead fish carcass in the Alsea River today.  But he didn’t see it until after the tide came in and it was under water.  If he doesn’t find something else to eat, he knows he can come back here at a lower tide.

A bald eagle’s head and tail feathers aren’t solid white until about the 4th year.  I wonder if that is so adult eagles cut them some slack until they are full adults?

Hhmm – so there IS a lesson here for us humans – both for parents and for children establishing their independence