The Watering Hole; Friday May 30 2014; Springtime, Feathers, and Hope Part II

Just in time to fall in line with yesterday’s “Hope is the thing with feathers” post, my email box was suddenly overflowing with photos of more feathered critters, each and all courtesy of Arizona photographer Denny Green who’s apparently been wandering the deserts in search of . . .  etc. Following are four photos of four completely different and disparate winged species from the deserts of Arizona. The first, a burrowing owl about to enjoy lunch; second, a mating pair of Mearns Quail (aka Montezuma Quail), an elusive species in southern Arizona very near the Mexican border; third, a mother duck and her brood of about a dozen out for a swim at the water ranch near Gilbert AZ; finally, a fledgling Harris Hawk on its first flight, following takeoff from its Saguaro cactus launching pad near Phoenix.

Enjoy the magic!

DG Burrowing Owl

 

DG Mearns Quail

 

DG Duck family

 

DG Fledgling Harris Hawk

 Photos © Denny Green, Tempe Arizona

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To flee from memory
Had we the Wings
Many would fly
Inured to slower things
Birds with surprise
Would scan the cowering Van
Of men escaping
From the mind of man
(Emily Dickinson, c.1872)

“Escaping from the mind of man” — in this day and age, a most worthy goal, and one that’s always possible . . . ‘out there.’

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23 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday May 30 2014; Springtime, Feathers, and Hope Part II

  1. Always in awe of Mr. Green’s photographic captures!
    The freedom of first flight…magnificent!
    Owl with prey is fantastic!

  2. Rep. Paul Ryan: “I’ve been confused for Anthony Weiner twice now. I don’t know how this keeps happening.”

    Confusing one dick for another.

  3. In a move that most assuredly won’t result in any visits from Secret Service, Joe the “Not A Plumber” posts a screed about how guns are “mostly for hunting politicians.”

    • I caught that yesterday and still can’t come up with a good reason he should not be charged with sedition and plotting acts of terrorism.

    • Wasn’t Samjoho a wannabe politico?
      Perhaps he should stick a barrel up one nostril or the other and contemplate his words.

  4. There will be a new minister of propaganda soon.

    White House Press Secretary Resigns

    Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, is leaving his post as the public face of the administration, stepping down after shifting from two decades of reporting to politics at the highest levels, President Obama said on Friday.

    Mr. Obama, who announced Mr. Carney’s departure, said Mr. Carney would be replaced by the deputy press secretary, Josh Earnest.

    Mr. Obama called Mr. Earnest a person of “sound judgment and great temperament.”

  5. Caption for the last raptor photo:

    Get that friggen lens offa me, or I take your eyeballs for lunch!

  6. Season of the San Jose peregrines Claro and Ferdinando:
    • four eggs
    • four hatch
    • four successfully fledge
    Halo, Blaze, Bolt and Beatrix
    Tear up the skies.
    We take our PT (p

    Peregrine therapy)

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