Saturday, February 15, 2014

LIFE & DEATH

 
The wind is fierce today folks
so we knew we had to go to the beach!
 
 
Rounding the corner heading to Lawrencetown Beach
 
 
we knew that our visit would be a special one
 
 
out of the car
up over the grassy dunes
and
onto the rocky shore
as close as we dare
 
 
the beach felt deserted
 
 
as the surf churned wave after wave
 
 
and yes I was on my Doodle mission to sniff out anything
 
 
after the shoreline was literally pounded with this wave action
 
 
I did however miss this
Ron told me after the walk
that he came upon this seagull
which must have been overtaken
by nature's upset
 
 
yet across the street from the parking lot
were these birders
very focussed on what I thought were these crows
(seemed strange indeed)
 

I looked back across the street
for one last look at the surf


and there s/he was
an adolescent Snowy Owl


 by that time
the place was filling with birders
and the owl decided things were getting a little too close
 
 
 
 
so up high on top of a telephone pole s/he rousted
(I'm sure thinking that people can be very odd at times)
 
Today was the full spectrum of
Life & Death
even though I was shielded from the latter.
 
That's OK folks!
I've come across the remains of critters before
and am totally fine with that!
 
 


40 comments:

  1. What a spectacular post, Ron! Wow! Have a happy rest of the weekend!

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    1. We are sitting 'nice and warm' as another storm descends upon us.

      Sophie is curled up after rounding us up after breakfast.

      She is our little OCD DOODLE DOG!!

      Downhill is on the Olympics ~~ YAY!

      Ron

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  2. The snowy owl was beautiful...they are Canada's only diurnal owl..cooooooool. I saw one on Tuesday...do you think it was the same one?!
    Jane x

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    1. Aren't we the lucky campers, JaneDoodle to see such a beautiful specimen.

      Thank you for the lesson on "diurnal owls" Jane. I had no idea and now I'll look for the other types if they live in my territory or not.

      Watching the birders may have just ignited a new passion!

      Ron

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  3. Sophie, we could almost feel that wind waving through your locks, and hear the waves pounding the shore.

    That was a great walk, full of unexpected things. We think the owl is beautiful.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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    1. We just loved the owl.

      S/he sat so still as the birders closed in ever so slowly and deftly.

      They do know what they are doing I see, because everyone was so careful, so respectful towards our feathery friend!

      Cheers My Aussie Friends ~~~ hoping the fires aren't upsetting your world!

      Sophie and Ron

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    1. That's the first thing I noticed BRO + L ~~ nobody in their right mind would be out there today !!

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  5. What a magnificent owl! And such rough surf!

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    1. A certain contrast in our world today, Debra for sure!!

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  6. The photos are gorgeous,,, and we really liked seeing that happy Owl!
    love
    tweedles

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    1. Yes, Snowy Owl was so obliging and I think would have stayed on the rock all day if the crowds hadn't increased in size!!

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  7. The sea looks so rough, what a lovely looking owl.

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    1. Rough vs Soft

      Contrasts make our world so beautiful.
      Really appreciate what we have to see each time we visit our wild North Atlantic shore lines!

      Cheers Jill

      Ron

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  8. One truly magnificent photo of a majestic Snowy Owl. Sophie, you lucky girl to be there. Cheers, Jean.

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    1. We were so fortunate Jean.

      We heard 2 owls last week in the early morning. We are thinking that this may have been one of them!

      We'll be more vigilant now!

      No laughs or sneezing ~~ Hear!!

      Ron

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  9. Oh woooooow!
    Have a grrrreat sunday!

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  10. Mother Nature can be very cruel at times. We have been having some fierce storms here in the UK, huge waves, rain, storms and and flooding.
    I wouldn't change living on the coast for a city though!
    Oh my, that owl is so beautiful.
    You look gorgeous with the wind in your hair Sophie :-)

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    1. I've been watching the stories coming out of the UK, Eileen ~~ the waves are inundating the coastal regions.

      Please be careful and YES, a resounding YES we love live NEAR the water. Wouldn't have it any other way!

      The Snowy Owl is one could reason to live here and not to mention Sophie wouldn't have it any other way either!

      Ron

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  11. What a beautiful owl - s/he is so white and pretty. The sea looks fun too; I love it when its all frothy and churned up. We have had huge waves in the UK this week. One was 75ft high (yes seventy five) - its hard to imagine. xxx

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    1. Oh my your world is in turmoil!

      I did see these waves you are experiencing and I know from living very near the ocean that RESPECT is so important.

      Staying away from the edge right!?!

      The Snowy Owl is magic on these cold days of Winter!!
      Ron

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  12. What a windwhippy day you had, Sophie! Hang onto your furs! The snowy owl is just beautiful!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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    1. I have to hang in close to the guys when the wind whips up like this and is relentless.

      That poor Owly needed some shelter I'm sure.

      Hugs M&M's
      Sophie *pretending I'm a Snowy Owl sometimes* Doodle here!

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  13. So many things to love in these photos - the rocky shore, the churning waves, and that beautiful Snowy Owl. And of course, the cutest labradoodle ever! I also love the frosted dune grass in the header.

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    1. Yes, there seems to be over abundance of visual cake in this post doesn't there!

      Sometimes I seem to choose too many pics or not enough!

      Sure glad you enjoyed!

      Ron

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  14. Wow, you are so lucky to get to see a snowy owl! I've been reading about their appearances outside their normal range all over the globe. And, one came to you!!!!! Beautiful photos.

    I love the wild surf too! The ocean is incredible.

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    1. I suspect there are more Snowy Owls hanging around because we were awoken a week ago at 3 a.m. to the sound of 2 owls communicating in our birch tree grove. I looked out through the curtain so very carefully, I might add, but that was enough to scare them off. I saw one fly through a lamp post beam and it looked just like this bird.
      I wonder if the birds will venture back to our treed property? Can only hope!!!

      I'd love to capture the eyes of the owl just like the professional birder photogs were doing. Someday soon maybe!!

      Ron

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  15. WOW Sophie WOW WOW WOWO
    A snowy owl ~ how awesome !
    That is so spectacularly beautiful .

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    1. I am so beyond myself with excitement too, Willow ~~~ the beautiful creature allowed us all to fill our hearts as we watched and took pics.

      Another time maybe or maybe not, but at least we enjoyed this "one" special moment!

      Ron

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  16. Wow what photos Sophie, this is my first visit to you and I am glad I came as these photos are just amazing

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    1. Welcome Welcome Welcome ~~~ you live so far away ~~ I sure hope you enjoy your visits in to my world.

      Come back again soon!

      Sophie and Ron

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  17. Such beautiful pictures, we love the owl! Lady saw one flying the other day but was driving and couldn't take a picture.

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    1. Isn't it ALWAYS the way while driving, to see a spectacular view or in this case a Snowy Owl and can't get to the camera to capture it!

      Someday maybe there'll be a discovery that is part of your driving that you can press to take some of those amazing things we see in life!

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  18. Such is life, we all die! Nice pictures of the beach and owl.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Nothing can change the inevitable but what we do with the present (not gifts!) but now really helps with inevitable.

      Winks
      Ron

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  19. What incredible shots of the snowy owl. How exciting!

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    1. It was so exciting Mitch!

      The feller has been hanging around for awhile now. We heard 2 owls in our birch trees one early morning around 3 a.m. a few weeks ago. Sophie was all ears. I opened the curtain and an owl flew away across the neighbour's (Vet) parking lot which mad ethe beautiful creature light up.

      No camera, aargh!!

      Next time, I'll be prepared!

      Honest!

      Ron

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  20. Hi Y'all!

    Wow what an amazing photo y'all got of that snowy owl.

    Y'all come back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. We were just plain LUCKY to be there at this time.

      A bunch of birders arrived in the parking lot and before you knew it we saw the Snowy Owl and I tried my best to get a close up.

      The owl flew onto the telephone pole and we happened to be pretty much underneath it and so I started clicking away.

      So much fun!!

      Ron

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