Friday, November 11, 2011

The Rest of the Story

I finally previewed a few of my foggy paddle photos and can now tell you the rest of the story.  First, let me write about the photo that I missed...the best one of the day.  We had just reached the dock.  The water was like a silver mirror and the horizon that met it was covered with cotton batting.  Hubby held the canoe stable and close to the dock and the high tide made it easier to enter with one wobbly ankle.  I was just bending to sit when looking up and only yards away a juvenile bald eagle swooped in what appeared to be slow motion and gently touched the surface of the water with its claws and retrieved a small fish which it carried away to a distant tree.  It would have made a stunning photo even without a telephoto lens since the bird was so close.  Our eagles are extremely shy and it is rare to see one so close.  My heart sat in my throat for minutes.




Slowly the colors of fall revealed themselves as we coasted close to shoreline.


Once the sun had burned off the fog there were only tentative pockets of mist in the tucks of the river beneath the shadows of large trees.  The rest of the shoreline welcomed us with open arms.
We carefully pulled out way through marsh grasses up a finger of the river toward a familiar beaver dam.  It was high tide, but soon to change, so we could not stay long exploring this home.


I did managed to capture a photo of this marsh sparrow who was singing his heart out at the melting of the fog.


And not all of the stars had disappeared with the night.  A few were caught in the marsh grasses.

21 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh it looks idyllic!

Granny Annie said...

Oh those stars! What a wonderful ending to a beautiful picture story.

Angie said...

O.M.G. those photos are breathtaking!! Especially the one with those vivid trees reflected back at them in such clarity!! I could feel myself wrapped in the fog, slowly inching along, later to watch it dissipate. We've had some beautiful foggy mornings here too. It is 25 degs. here this a.m. A beautiful, sunny 25 degs. I am in love with Fall this year...

Brian Miller said...

wow...nice transformation from the fog to brilliant color...the eagle would have been nice for sure but these are great

Pauline said...

What a beautiful place you inhabit! Thanks for sharing.

Beverly said...

I sure wish I was right there with you......wonderful.

Celia said...

I think you must live in paradise, what a beautiful place, marvelous photos, thanks for sharing them.

Linda said...

OH MAN.... A BALD EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!! Heh, that is my kind of luck!! But at least he is in your memory. Oh well, the other pictures are glorious. Rich November colors and beautiful blue sky. We had such a warm day here today, but cold around the edges (dawn and dusk). I love to hear the birds singing. We've got an early morning Chickadee-dee-dee hanging around my house since late spring. If I put some seeds out, he may stay all winter. =D

chris said...

beautiful bird & i love the stars. happy to hear you're getting out and enjoying what you love.

Jean said...

I love your last two photos. Lovely.

Dave said...

Nice photos Tabor. I specially liked the one of the autumn-coloured trees across the lake - Dave

Haddock said...

That sparrow is so pretty.
The common sparrow is no more common now a days.

SueAnn said...

Such beautiful captures!! I love your images!
Gorgeous scenery!
Thank you
Hugs
SueAnn

Hilary said...

Wonderful images.. including the beautiful mental image of the baldie, which you painted so well with your words. It's one of those scenes when a mental click will have to do.. no doubt it was a thrill just to see it.

Dave King said...

Are you sure that's the best one of the day? I think it might just be the best one of the century.

Frank Baron said...

Lovely shots, Tabor. And your mental snapshot of the eagle was just fine. :)

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Beautiful - they you for allowing me to journey with you...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a glorious set of photos... Even with the fog, they are pretty... Sorry you missed the Eagle photo..

My favorite photo is the 2nd one... WOW --that needs to be framed.
Hugs,
Betsy

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Brian Miller said...

actually i have not read it...i have never really studied poetry...i started writing it about 2 years ago...and started reading it shortly there after...will look up the book

deb colarossi said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous...

I've missed your eye!!!