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Eagle search


In the past weeks we’ve seen stunning portraits of an eagle on Facebook, taken in the nearby Great Lakes National Cemetery. There’s a nest out there, says the photographer, so I thought I might head out early one morning and see if I could find the noble family too.

Pink light.

I got to the cemetery a little after six, just as the sun was beginning to think about emerging. There was no one out there but me and the stirring wildlife, moving quietly in the mist rising from the water into the cool morning air.

The sound of geese wings were the only noise on this beautiful early morning.

I drove to the very back of the cemetery which borders on a small lake. The photographer had said he parked at the back and walked across a field. I could see there was a newly plowed field adjacent to the very back of the cemetary.

How hard could it be to find an eagle’s nest?

Early spring in Michigan, the colors almost look like fall.

I tromped around that field with my feet getting increaingly wet and muddy. I saw plenty of spots I thought an eagle’s nest should be, but I never found the nest.

On my way past the lake again, headed toward the car, the rising sun was making the mist glow.

And the grave markers were beginning to glow too, hit from the east with the first direct rays of the day. Row by row names were being iluminated, making the sheer size of the loss overwhelmingly obvious.

Each one was someone’s family.

I decided that was enough to call the photo shoot a success.

Thank you for your service.

Even though I never saw an eagle.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

20 thoughts on “Eagle search

  1. Absolutely stunning pictures even though you didn’t see either a nest or an eagle.


  2. All of the photos are appealing, but those of the mist over the lake are perfect. It’s such a different world from here, and so appealing.


    • I was just looking at these photos again….I should tell people to click on them to make them bigger, they’re absolutely better on a big screen, and full screen. Thank you for the compliment!

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  3. I’m thanking all for their service, this touched me deeply as a military family. And such stunning photos! Thank you for sharing and maybe next time you’ll find that eagle! 🦅❤️


  4. Your photos are grand even if there’s not an eagle to be seen. Just know that early morning photos have that great light — and I love your subject matter as well.


  5. That final shot of the graves with the Flag brought a lump to my throat. Well done, Dawn (even though you didn’t find the eagle’s nest!)


  6. Beautiful photos of the mist and sunlight. Sad to see so many lives lost as per the rows of tombstones. I hope you see eagles on your next outing.


  7. Lovely early morning photos!


  8. Seems maybe every life out there, every life in every grave, was an Eagle … sure and brave.


  9. Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I’m sorry you did not get to see an Eagle but you got to see and share such a beautiful morning. Thank you.
    I’m trying to catch up with you. We have come to our summer home in Pennsylvania and there’s always so much work to do when we get here. I have missed a few of your posts… but so glad you are enjoying the area around you.
    Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.


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