Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.



Yesterday was foggy and damp, just like so many days we’ve had this year. Flat grey skies, a hint of snow in the air, it was a typical January day.

Sounds like a perfect day to grab the camera and head out looking for something inspirational. Right?

As I was driving I thought about the eagles that have been seen out at the Veterans’ Cemetery. There’s some huge, dead trees that make perfect eagle roosts. What are the odds those eagles were sitting out there in the fog waiting for me?

Since I didn’t have any other great ideas, I headed over there, knowing they wouldn’t be there, just like they haven’t been there on multiple trips where I’ve tried to get a glimpse of them before.

As I pulled into the cemetery I saw two bumps on the trees, way across a field. I got as close as I could,, pulled up, rolled down the window and got one shot off…

….before one of the eagles flew down into the swamp. My settings weren’t right but there was no time to experiment. The second eagle was looking around, seeming to be upset to be left behind. I knew he (or she) wouldn’t stay long.

And after a bit of looking around the second eagle lifted off…

…and followed it’s partner down to the swamp.

I didn’t get great shots of the eagles. But I can’t stop smiling.

My artsy-fartsy ‘the eagle has landed’ shot.

Because I got to see them.

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.

18 thoughts on “Eagle-ease

  1. This post perfectly illustrates the old saying “Chance only favors the prepared mind.” Wonderful to see the eagles, but the first photo is stunning.


    • I took that after I left the cemetery, I was driving around the back where there’s a view of the eagle’s nest, where I could see one of the eagles on the nest, but no good place to try to get a shot…but just down the road was this open field with this tree. I actually stopped and backed up to get it. I love single trees, add some fog or mist and I’m good.


  2. Your last photo…I love capturing sights like this. Truly a great action shot.


    • I wish there had been more light, and that I’d been ready. But I sort of like this blurry feeling too…it is exactly how I felt trying to get shots of it coming down into the swamp. I see the feet outstretched now, and wonder if there was something it was after, or if it was just landing on the ground.

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  3. Seeing these eagles must have made these gray January days feel so much brighter. Thank you, Dawn, for letting us enjoy them, too!


    • Yes, it’s been so dreary here for so long. I was needing a photo expedition, but where to go when the sky is lead and nothing looks inspiring. I was so lucky those two were out there waiting for me. I wish it was a sunny day when my images would have been sharper, but I’m still grateful they were there at all.

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  4. They were there! I am so glad! What a gift to be given wings on such a dreary day!


  5. Eagles are so wonderful. 🙂


  6. This made me cry. The eagles looking out over the veteran’s cemetery, just got to me.

    I’m glad you got to see them. They are stunning.


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  8. Beautiful, just beautiful. Eagles watching over a veteran’s cemetery.


  9. Such a wonderful post of those beautiful eagles watching over the cemetery. Your the best sharing with us as I think the photos are beautiful in their own way. I don’t have the really nice camera but I share my not so great photos anyways and I’m so happy you do too! You touch our hearts with the beauty that surrounds you, even when it’s not a sunny day! 🥰💞


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