I finally managed to get a decent picture of an Osprey. Took traveling to South Carolina for a Marine Corps Birthday ball in Myrtle Beach but hey I will take it. I was just surprised that they were hanging around the area where we stayed. It was heavily populated. I wish I had a longer lens with me.
So I have finally decided it is about time to make another post. I have felt rather uninspired lately and haven’t been taking many photos. We have also been very busy. We recently made a 14 hour drive to northern Massachusetts for my oldest brothers wedding. Naturally Oshie came along for the ride. He was not entirely thrilled to be in the car for that long but he did well.
It was amazing to make it up North for Autumn again. I grew up in New Hampshire and have missed the brilliant fall colors and this was the first time I had made it back to see them in many years. It was also amazing to spend almost a full week with my parents and siblings (all except for one who is currently stationed in Japan). We had so much fun trying to kill ourselves on a dirt bike the best man brought. The dirt bike was bought by my brother Ethan (the best man) for the manly bachelor party we had at my brother’s house. This party consisted of almost no alcohol consumption, yard work, garden tilling and dirt bike riding ha-ha. Surprisingly we had a lot of fun. It was nice just to hang with my brothers again. There were a few close calls on the dirt bike for me but in my defense I have never really been on one before.
The wedding was beautiful and held at the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield Massachusetts. My brothers and I made up the majority of the groomsmen and my wife and two of my younger sisters were bridesmaids along with a few of the brides relatives. I have to admit my wife looked gorgeous.
Unfortunately time went by too quickly, as it always seems to do when you are having fun. The day after the wedding we made the long drive back to North Carolina. Thanks to traffic in New York, DC and Alexandria Virginia and also some pretty serious flooding in North Carolina thanks to Hurricane Matthew, what should have been a 14 hour drive took 20+ hours. we left around 8:30 in the morning and made it back to North Carolina around 5 AM. It was not fun. We spent a few hours trying to navigate flooded roads in the middle of nowhere North Carolina and almost ran out of gas while out there. GPS was of little to no help at that point. Eventually we found gas and a clear path. After 2 hours of sleep we were both up and headed off to work.
Despite all the traveling we had an amazing time that we wish would have lasted just a bit longer. Spending time with family you don’t get to see often enough is always a blessing.
Not the most handsome creature but still pretty cool. Chirpa is juvenile Eastern Screech Owl. He was no bigger than 6 inches tall and won’t get any larger. He is still growing in his adult feathers.
He can still see much better than I can. It was nice to finally get up close and personal with Red Shouldered Hawk after chasing them around my yard for the better part of a year with no real luck. Apparently he had an infection in his right eye that eventually got to the point where removal of it was necessary. Still a magnificent creature.
We have had a good deal of rain over the past two days thanks to a storm sitting off the coast. Oshie hasn’t been able to go outside very much thanks to rain and has been getting restless and who could blame him. He needs to make sure his marked spots around the yard still smell like him. Well today when I arrived home from work it was not raining and this meant Oshie would get some time outside.
I came in, said hello and let the poor boy out. I turned my back on him and headed to the mailbox to see what bills we received (because mail is always bills right). When I turned back around Oshie was sitting in the yard staring at me and he looked noticeable darker and possibly wet. Once I got closer it was clear that he had rolled around in the wet grass. What was funny to me was the face he was making and the fact that he was sitting there waiting for me. He knew that I would have something to say about it. So I took a little video of a lighthearted scolding. The guilty face made me laugh.
He loves water and he loves rolling around in the grass so I guess I can’t blame him for capitalizing on the opportunity when it presented itself.