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Entries for month: February 2011

Unknown Fancies

February 27, 2011

With the wings of the birds, my spirit joyfully flies over unknown fancies everywhere.

Paramahansa Yogananda

I'm headed to Washington today! We're spending a week on Vashon Island — hoping to find some cool wildlife, eat some good food and explore lots of new places. We'll be traveling via the Coast Starlight train and I'm looking forward to being able to watch the landscape shift and change as we make our way northward. If all goes well, I'll try and share a few pics and stories from my travels while I'm away...

Meanwhile, I was inspired on my last couple of walks through the canyon to capture some images of birds flying away from their perch. (I'm such a sucker for metaphor!) Be sure to click on the images to see a close-up of the bird on the wing!

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Cassin's Kingbirds

Cassin's Kingbirds (Tyrannus vociferans)
*Look closely at the clickable larger image —
Just in front of the bird, you can actually see the insect it's about to nab. How awesome is that?!*

American Kestrel

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)
*Notice the acorn in its bill — they cache them in all the telephone poles around our place... and in the trees... and in pretty much any other place that looks like it will fit an acorn nicely. :-)*