I had a lovely peaceful day recently beside Rowland Lake along Highway 14 between Bingen and Lyle, Washington. The lake was stocked with fish that morning, and the ospreys and herons were eating good. Click on the first photo, and then use side arrows to see all images larger.
Some information from Wikipedia
“The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus; hali = sea, aeetus = eagle, leuco= white, cephalis = head) is a bird of prey found in North America. A sea eagle, it has two known sub-species and forms a species pair with the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla). Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the contiguous United States, and northern Mexico. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.
The Bald Eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down and snatches from the water with its talons. It builds the largestnest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 4 m (13 ft) deep, 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide, and 1 metric ton (1.1short tons) in weight. Sexual maturity is attained at the age of four to five years.
Bald Eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of “white headed”. The adult is mainly brown with a white head and tail. The sexes are identical in plumage, but females are about 25 percent larger than males. The beak is large and hooked. The plumage of the immature is brown.
The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America. The Bald Eagle appears on its Seal. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States. Populations recovered and the species was removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species on July 12, 1995 and transferred to the list of threatened species. It was removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States on June 28, 2007.”
There are now more overwintering Eagles in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington and it is a delight to count as many as 40-50 Eagles in a day on occasion.
What a day for a daydream… la la la! This afternoon I took off on a chase the light and Lenticular cloud mission, driving East from White Salmon along Highway 14. Unsure of what I wanted to catch or which way to go, I kept my eye on the sky, with frequent stops to jump out and catch a photo or three. Before I knew it I was past Dalles Mountain and ahead of me the Golden Hour light was shining on Horsethief Butte and some bare red bushes by the road, so I quickly pulled over at the Trail head and began to explore.
I had thought to drive much further out or up towards Mount Adams east side, but found myself entranced by the many compositions all around me at the Butte. Wandering down the trail, the light and clouds grew ever more fascinating
Large stacks of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds to the south and east of The Dalles, Oregon began to glow with sunset colors
To the West, Mount Hood in the distance was wearing a lovely cap that turned orange briefly during sunset, and the sky took on the pink and orange in the area where the sun had just set over Horsethief Lake.
This is just a sampling of this evenings photo shoot… I have not taken this many images at one time in many months. Hope you enjoyed… for me it was a transcendent, spiritual evening standing out over the Columbia River with all this light and color and joy washing through the cells of my body! Thanks for looking, and feel free to use the share buttons at the bottom..
Please check out the links in the side bar to learn more about my photography. I do have a large gallery show hanging once more at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington through March. Come on by if you are in the area! You can find my photo greeting cards for sale at Artisan’s in White Salmon, and at Dickey’s farm in Bingen.