It has been a strange week. Let’s pull ourselves away from all of the bad news and think of some of the good. On the space front, not only did NASA fly a helicopter on Mars, they have flown it a total of three times so far! And there was another successful commercial “humanned” launch to the space station this week.
After work on Friday I took a walk down on Cape Cod. At one point there is a dam with a small fresh water lake on one side and a tidal river on the other. There is a herring run beside the damn, but the tide was too far down for the fish to climb the ladder. in fact, the tide was super far down. A great egret was in the middle of the river, so I hid behind a tree to try to get some photos (if a great egret sees me pointing a camera, it will always fly away, even if I am very far away).
I was up against the tree and heard a noise above me. Before I figured out what it was, an osprey sparing from a branch above my head and dove almost straight down into the water beneath me. It went in only about 10 or 15 feet way (3 to 5 meters). It emerged from the water with a fish (herring/alewife) and flew off. I was taken so much by surprise that I forgot about my camera. I did try to get a few photos as it flew off, but none came out. When I looked back, the great egret had a fish as well! I thought the fish was too big, but, after dropping it, repositioning, it swallowed it whole.
I also saw a flock of comerants feigned on herring a little later in the walk.
All together, it was a great walk, and the birds were all happy and well fed!
That was my smile for the week, being up close and personal to large birds feeding on herring.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).