Disconnecting To Connect

Podcast episode of this same name dropping tomorrow!

Please tune in! Thanks for listening!

Tony

Hazy overcast day, this crew flew by, and oddly, it became my favorite shot of the day…
Some forest shrooms. I know nothing about mushrooms, other than some taste great stuffed with crabmeat or when accompanying a
Ribeye Steak.
This Squirrel loves a KIND bar. Not certain if the chocolate is any good for them, but it’s all I had on this freezing cold day and it was begging for food.
A common site but one I can’t get enough of. People seem unimpressed with Canada Geese, but to me they are fascinating, sure, they crap a lot, but so do humans.

Why disconnect to connect? It’s something I have to do. The hectivity of the world gets to me a lot of times where I just feel the need to unplug from our technical world and dissipate into nature.

Things seem less complicated there, less, hectic, less, ‘fast paced’, and it’s where I can slow my thoughts and contemplate all that I am thankful and grateful for.

Covid-19 and all of it’s restrictions has gotten to me to a point I feel a need to get out into nature more often than I do. Social media is having the same affect. Posting a photo on Instagram and hoping for more likes…why? Putting up a podcastcast episode and hoping for greater numbers…why?

I have a message to share, one of positivity, appreciation, but what if it’s a message that will only be shared by a few?

Well than that’s the way it is…

Free Falling

Most people I know detest these creatures, Turkey Vultures. They say they are nasty, disgusting creatures, while I, on the other hand, disagree greatly.

Why? Well, I get the opportunity to view them daily. There is a family of them who roost on a building not far from me, so I see their routines, their curiosity, their daily flybys to check me out.

Their gliding capabilities are astounding, one minute they are cruising by effortlessly, they hit a thermal or an updraft of some sort, and suddenly they are a thousand feet up, just a speck in the sky, which is one of the big reasons I wanted a zoom capable of photographing these and other raptors that fill the sky in this area of Pennsylvania.

This particular bird did just that, floated by my balcony, then suddenly in a minute or so, it was riding high up, and that’s where the show begins, spotting a family member below, this creature went straight into this freefall if you will, it’s speed picking up exponentially as it dropped towards its family member.

These birds are scavengers, and that is why I found this ‘attack mode’ drop interesting. I have never seen one try to take prey in the air, I don’t think they even do that? But, maybe they are capable of attacking another bird?

Regardless, this bird seems to love the speed at which it was capable of reaching, as it brushed by the other bird below and together they circled off, drifting once again.

Northern Shoveler

Had a nice flyby by this Northern Shoveler yesterday. Moving with afterburners kicked in.

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