Elusive raptors
when glimpsed (juvenile bald eagle)




Bald Eagles remind us of what we value.


Cheers to you from the eagles who look to us for their survival~

Note: Bald Eagle populations were decimated in the wild in the United States. Careful environmental conservation measures and biological reintroduction efforts have helped restore bald eagle populations. Dismantling environmental protections may bring bald eagles back to the brink of extinction and beyond. Their survival is up to us.

161 thoughts on “Rapture~

  1. Bald eagles look so regal, don’t they? I was about to comment about how regal the one in the top photo looks but then, as I went down the photos, I thought, “And so does that one, and that one… and that one!” Thanks for sharing and spreading the word about these beauties!

  2. Fortunately I get my blogs via email. I have never used the reader. But went to look and see how your post looked on the reader, headless birds….. What a disservice to your beautiful work.

    1. Yes, terribly sad. Like the grizzly bear that is the state symbol for California even though we killed off every grizzly in the state long ago. The largest grizzly ever shot in the US was shot at The Holler in the late 1800’s. It’s criminal to decimate species in this manner~ 🦅

    1. Lovely. I would love to see them in numbers when they congregate in the spring and during salmon runs. We actually have several at The Holler now which thrills me to no end~ 🦅

      1. I’ve seen them in volume in Alaska and Canada. Watching a hundred or so converge upon a dead whale will knock some of the polish off their image. Seeing them catch fish restores it though.

  3. Such beautiful images of this magnificent birds. And…I hate the way the new format dissects your photos. Ugh. WP improvements ??? Not so sure. But…I always opened your full posts anyway. ☺

  4. Beautiful, majestic birds. We have eagles here in Oregon and often see them in the mornings. I hope that environmental protections continue to be important to the country. Once these animals are gone, they’re gone.

  5. I taking a walk in the urban neighbourhood in Florida. I noticed this squirrel acting really strangely in the crosswalk, right in front of a car waiting for us to cross. Then, a bald eagle flew down right in front of the car, grabbed the (poor) squirrel, and took off. Crazy!

        1. You know I just read right over typos and don’t notice them. My brain is on automatic typo auto-correct which is probably why I am the queen of the typos and have never met a typo, or typo maker, I don’t like!

  6. Beautiful pictures of beautiful and magnificent birds. I have only seen one in the wild and that was a couple of months ago here in Texas. Flew off before I could take a picture.

    1. Maybe he will come back. They tend to. I never saw a bald eagle where I live growing up since the populations were under siege. Now we have several at The Holler which thrills me! 🦅

      1. *HUGS* to you as well! Protecting the raptors and our other furred, finned, and feathered friends is going to be more important than ever during the next decade, I feel…

  7. Your photography celebrates the beauty of our fellow creatures. Thank you for your compassionate narrative. You remind us all to care for our world, to be thankful that we share it with marvelous winged friends.

    1. Thank you Rebecca. It is especially important during these uncertain times that we remain vigilant on behalf of our wild world and I know you share this concern for which I am grateful~

      1. We walk everywhere, recycle and attempt to reduce our carbon footprint. Everyone can make a difference. I think that the organically recycling program has made the greatest difference for me – we shop differently now that we can see the amount of food wastage that occurs in our home. Hugs!!!

        1. Grocery store chains in the US are incredibly wasteful. After three days vast quantities of food are thrown out that could be donated to charities but the expiration dates prevent this. It results in massive amounts of wastage. Interestingly, the Amish have a resale store I went to called Rent and Dent. They retrieve dented and torn items and resell them for a song providing food and other items to the poor all around their communities. What a brilliant concept!

  8. The wind farms in the US are killing 40,000 bald eagles a year – along with huge numbers of bats. So there is a definitely down side to this form of energy.
    You pictures are amazing in their detail!

  9. We must do what we can to protect nature’s creatures in our pursuit of the all mighty dollar. Leave something for our future children to see besides old pictures. A.G.

    1. Exactly! We are hopefully going to see Polar Bears in Greenland and Iceland next year. Everyone tells me, ‘get their photos while you still can’. The is unbearably sad to be and no pun at all intended here.

  10. Wonderful creatures and stunning shots! I am also afraid that if environmental protections are rolled back, many birds and other animals might loose their habitat and become endangered once again.

  11. Beautiful. I was just discussing the come back of the bald eagles with a friend yesterday. As our city looks to “improve” (aka as the most dreaded word to nature) our waterfront areas — I spoke at one of the meetings — that when we add something we lose something. I hope that our city gets this point before they drastically alter our wetland areas.

    1. It is difficult to comprehend, isn’t it. I wonder why people don’t realize we are just another animal, and as increasing numbers of species become extinct, so, eventually, will we. We cannot live without the interactions of biological diversity, our survival depends on theirs.

      1. Recently, I read that the scientific community has decided we have left the epoch of the Holocene and are now in the Anthropocene (sp?) or the Age of Humans. The sad thing is they have to find the “golden spike” in the rock record to prove this. They are looking to the 1950’s to all the nuclear testing to do this. The Age of Humans will start with evidence of mass destruction — what a legacy.

        I am glad there are people like you to show the beauty that humans bring to the world.

        1. “The Age of Humans will start with evidence of mass destruction — what a legacy.” That gives me shivers because it rings so terribly true! Thank you for telling me!

        1. Laughing, and Mr/Mrs Eagle would get just a tad irked. People in Banff were telling me stories about tourists approaching wild animals expecting to feel the the love, some woman tried to hug an elk in rut. The elk was not pleased. God………laughing. In Yellowstone they have these idiograms (my term) with a picture of a buffalo and a person trying to pet it with a big red circle and slash over it, the universal verboten symbol. Despite this very clear idiogram, I have photos of tourists taking photos petting buffalo. This is why gorings are going up. Buffalos can pitch you to the top of a tree just like a volleyball!

          1. Well … were the people vegetarians? Perhaps it would make a difference? Anyway, I trust you. If you say do not pet, I will not pet. Lol! Perhaps gorings are the new fad.

            1. Well people like to pet sharks, so I wouldn’t doubt it for a second. Actually I took my kids to a shark petting pool in a nature conservancy once, but that was for educational purposes. Don’t tell anyone. I don’t want to seem like an idiot………And in high school people got jobs as shark walkers at Scripps Inst of Oceanography, but they didn’t do it for fun. It was purely cash related motivations. They would get in this pool with sharks Scripps had just caught and walk them until they sort of woke up, and then they would exit the pool, quickly.

  12. They must be facinating to see in the wild, I never have. They look fierce and aggravated by that scowl on their face. Perhaps that’s just my niave human perception and this was the happiest day in their lives 😀 Seriously though, I hate how a lot of humans take the planet for granted. I fear for our future as well as the bald eagle. It’s not looking promising at all.

    1. No, it isn’t looking promising and it is depressing. Bald Eagles always look intensely disapproving, like a very severe nun at catechism. I do think this was one of their happiest days because the salmon were running and they were gorging! Now the fish? They weren’t having a very good day, poor fish~ 🐟🐟🐟

  13. Bald eagles are amazing birds. I saw a few during the years. So majestic. You said it well. In Alaska, they thrive. Sad that they are slowly disappearing like so many of God’s creations. The fault of destructive persons. We are to be caretakers of God’s creatures. Great post. Marvelous photos.

    1. We were to be caretakers of all God’s creatures, great & small, wise and wonderful. I wish more of us paid attention to this too my friend & cheers to you~ 🦅🦅

  14. You capture their expressions quite well! Beautiful work, Cindy! I wish humans were better stewards of the Earth than we are. Progress is slow, sometimes seeming to be stepping backwards. The future is of great concern.

  15. You’re right Cindy– they do look like such intelligent birds– so stately. I’m always amazed how you get such close up detailed photos. Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas time!! hugs hugs.

  16. A couple of weeks ago, I saw two bald eagles sitting side by side high in a tree along the highway in northern WA – such a surprise to spot them! I’ve never before seen an eagle in the wild. They were huge birds, and so visible; made me think how vulnerable they and other wildlife are when amongst us. I wish you a very happy new year Cindy, and I look forward to seeing more of this beautiful world through your eyes : ) ~ Peri

    1. You must have been truly thrilled at your first sighting of these magnificent creatures! I agree with you completely, the more you see wild animals in their natural spaces, the more you realize how much their welfare depends upon us. Thank you for such lovely thoughts. You touched my heart~

  17. When you want to enjoy the art of photography, you have to resort to your photos. These are a sample that you have the gift of expressing what your eyes see in a poetic and realistic way. Your pictures are always expectaculares and with a sensational coloring.

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