Do you see him? My children and I were returning home from a morning out just after noon today, and I spotted this fellow perched on a powerline outside the chemical plant where my brother-in-law works. I was thrilled because after admiring Janet’s beautiful pictures for so long, I have longed myself to shoot one of these with my camera. I only had my little point-and-shoot in my purse, so that’s what I had to use. I also had to turn around and come back to where he was perched, so I’m glad he didn’t sight any prey to go after before I got back and shot these through the van window. (I would’ve loved to have gotten out of the van and gotten a closer look, but taking the DLM on the side of such a busy road was just not a good idea.)
I’m still not sure exactly what he is, and I can’t find our bird identification book. Cooper’s? Does anyone want to venture a guess based on my very blurry photos?
Once we arrived home, Louise immediately set to work on a drawing of this bird. She worked on this for a long time during rest-time and added lots of details. I’m pretty sure that those smoke-belching buildings are the factory buildings.
Homeschooling is a lot of hard work and it can be very stressful. Today, though, I am reminded of the little blessings it brings to my life. It is very unlikely that I would’ve developed a love and awareness of nature if I were living a more traditional lifestyle (i.e. working a full-time job while my children were in school), and what’s even more unlikely is that they would’ve had the opportunity to develop their own awareness and appreciation of nature. They certainly wouldn’t have been with me to actually see the hawk; I would’ve just had to tell them about it. We are indeed blessed.