Hello everyone! I hope you all had a good week and had at least one thing to smile about. I actually had a really good week with multiple things to smile about. For instance, there were quite a few long walks in New Hampshire and Cape Cod that included woods, forests, salt water marshes, beaches, large hills, mountain scenery, quite ponds and equally quiet villages.
But that isn’t my smile ;)
The other day I walked out of my house and around my car. Suddenly something came whizzing by me. I have now seen similar feathered missiles and knew what it was (here is post of the first encounter with one of these, when I didn’t know). So the falcon zipped by my at chest height and little more than arms length away. It then did a high speed landing on the fence on the other side of my driveway, perhaps 30ft/9m away. Cool.
I did a bit of puttering around my car – I had to put air in two tires and I did a few other things. The peregrine falcon half ignored me and half watched me as I did my chores, and I half ignored it and half watched it. At one time it fluffed up, and started preening. I figured it would be there for a while. I turned away for just a moment and it was gone.
Still, it was a cool encounter. I was close enough to see a lot of detail and spent at least 5 minutes with it there.
One bummer is that I didn’t have my camera. Here is a photo of a young falcon I took several years ago. I was actually closer to the falcon I saw a couple of days ago than I was to this one when I took its picture!
That was my smile for this week, seeing a falcon up close and personal.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
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). Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.