Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Bald Eagle Visits and A Snowstorm

Yesterday we had an unusual visitor on our property...a bald eagle. We've seen them perched in bare trees this winter along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, ever vigilant for the unwary duck or mouse. I've never been able to get a pic of any until yesterday, and it was such a treat.

If I hadn't heard its screech, I never would have known he was there. I was sitting at my laptop, trying to pull together yesterday's blog post, when I heard the strangest noise coming from outside. Hubby and I shot glances at each other, then raced to the patio door to look outside to see what was making the noise. I grabbed my camera from the table next to the door, and after seeing what was waiting outside, ran to the side door to sneak out onto the deck to snap some pics.




He was so majestic, that bird, perched some seventy-five feet up at the very top of the tallest tree on the back of our property. He was scanning the open grounds, looking for prey, when he caught a glimpse of us peeking around the corner of the house. Unafraid, he stared us down, then went back to searching for his dinner.


I shot as many pictures as I could, trying to hold steady. Shooting with a long lens without a tripod is always a crap shoot, but I hoped for the best. Unfortunately the closeups of the eagle were a little blurry so they don't blow up well, but you get the idea.


Today I'm looking out the window watching the snow come down in sheets. It's windy, near white-out conditions, and I'm loving it. Yesterday the deck was clear and dry; today it's covered with five inches of snow and counting. Last night I walked outside when it started snowing and stuck out my hand...the flakes were so large that they were coming down in clumps. It didn't take long for a clump as large as a golf ball to land on my outstretched arm. Simply amazing!

Here's a long exposure pic of the snow coming down last night:


Without any perspective, it's hard to see how large the flakes were. Now take another look with the deck railing included in the pic:


Those streaks are pretty big, aren't they? Now imagine how large a snowflake it takes to make a streak that big.

Here's what the deck looks like today...along with the remains of the snowman my son made. See the big tree in the background? That's where the eagle was sitting yesterday; right at the very tip-top. It's amazing the difference a day can make...the weather can change on a dime here. It will be interesting to see how much more snow we get overnight; they're calling for another four to six inches. Wonder if this will be our last big snowstorm of the season?


So while the wind blows and the storm rages outside, I'm sitting here all cozy at the kitchen island. I can look out the kitchen window and see my hubby as he blazes past from time to time as he snowplows our drive. There's a ham bone in the stock pot on the stove, boiling the meat from the bone so that I can make soup tomorrow. Want to know what I'm making?

Image from Red Couch Recipes
Doesn't that look yummy? It's Cheesy Cabbage Ham Soup from Red Couch Recipes. I've made it once before and it was fantastic, and with the weather so yukky it seemed the perfect time to make it again.

Since I won't be able to make the soup until tomorrow, today I'm making a Double Berry Pie using the dough recipe I got from Gail at Faithfulness Farm. The dough's secret ingredient is vodka, and it makes for a fantastic pie crust...light and oh-so-flaky. I'll share my pie recipe with you tomorrow, so pop back in to see me then.

Hugs,
Pam

6 comments:

  1. Awesome photos of the eagle Pam!! Wow! They are quite regular in these parts (partly due to our close proximity to the river I think), but their majesty and regal-ness never cease to amaze me and make me pause. And that soup....oh that soup sounds and looks heavenly....I told you I would pay you a visit, and here I am - and right away you have to sidetrack me with that recipe....I was planning on split pea soup tomorrow but, I might just change my mind. (Not hard to do these days....) ;o) Hope you're safe and cozy....They had said once we were in for a doozy of a snow storm tomorrow, but that was earlier in the week - who knows if it's still "on" for tomorrow or not. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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  2. Great photos of the eagle...so pretty!!
    The snow sure looks beautiful...we sure haven't seen much of that here in Ohio this winter.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  3. Great pics of the eagle. We got some snow, but not as much as you.
    Lois

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  4. What Beautiful photos Pam! How awesome to see this Eagle.
    I showed my 11 yr old son and he was in awe!
    Thanks for sharing!

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  5. Oh Dear God in Heaven...Pie Crust...with Vodka...lol! The pictures are beautiful. Katie

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  6. Great shots of the eagle!!!!!! Eagles are in MO too along the Mississippi river lock and dams in the winter. We see one once in a while at home but its pretty rare! You really live in God's Country!
    Wendy

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