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March 11, 2012

Fly Like a…

Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 7:43 pm
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Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’

Into the future

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’

Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle

To the sea

Fly like an eagle

Let my spirit carry me

I want to fly like an eagle

Till I’m free

– Steve Miller

This isn’t an eagle, of course.  It’s a hawk: red-tailed, Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned, I’m not sure.  That classic song by the Steve Miller Band came to mind this afternoon while I watched this beautiful bird in the clear, blue sky.  Every time I see one of these gorgeous birds of prey, I’m drawn in.  I breathe deep, appreciate and try to imagine what it must be like to soar so freely above.

The days do keep slipping away, the future at our doorstep.  Have I become all I will ever be or does the future have more in store?

Some days, I really do want to be just like that bird, free to be whoever I want to be.  Free to explore, off into the blue.



  1. Oh, wow, look at that hawk . . . I’m glad I could see that. Thank you.

    D’you suppose birds ever poke each other in the wing and say, Look at that human . . . ? Probably not.

    Comment by Gerry — March 11, 2012 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

    • Glad you enjoyed him or her, Gerry. That’d be pretty funny if birds did do that! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — March 12, 2012 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  2. The birds we admire don’t think about the future or the past. They live in the moment.

    Wondering about the future and being like that bird are such different ways of being and I struggle with the two.

    One of my current mantras is “Don’t let yesterday (or tomorrow), use up too much of today”.

    Comment by Sybil — March 11, 2012 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

    • It’s true, they are very different ways of being. I wouldn’t always want to be like the bird, but sometimes it would be nice.

      Comment by Karma — March 12, 2012 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  3. Ooohhh, nice shots, Karen, especially the first one!
    And thanks for putting that stupid song in my head 😛 LOL

    Comment by TheDailyClick — March 12, 2012 @ 5:19 am | Reply

    • Thanks much Michaela.
      Its not a stupid song – I like the Steve Miller Band! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — March 12, 2012 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  4. Great shots! Love that song, too. 🙂

    We’ve been seeing lots of hawks around. I get a little nervous with the large female red hawks since our cat is a mere 6 lbs but I do also have a fascination with them.

    Gerry…you crack me up!

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 12, 2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. There’s a lot of things out there that would make me nervous to let cats outside; that’s why my Cedric stays in.
      Gerry’s a hoot!

      Comment by Karma — March 12, 2012 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  5. Fantastic shots!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — March 12, 2012 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  6. We will not know where we are going until we get there. Like the hawk, who simple floats along the air currents, watching, watching, until he finds lunch – or dinner – or a snack. His life is simple, although not easy.

    Comment by Carol — March 12, 2012 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

    • I don’t truly want to know my future Carol, but sometimes I do wonder what it holds when my daily life as “mom” is different.

      Comment by Karma — March 12, 2012 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  7. Nice free bird, soaring, soaring.

    My wish for you today is freedom.

    May you learn to fly free within the boundaries

    of your life.

    May we all dive and soar

    in the preciousness of life.

    Happy week, Karma!

    Comment by Kathy — March 12, 2012 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the kind wish Kathy. I can’t help but think the boundaries of my life are often what holds me back. Finding freedom within them is a challenge.

      Comment by Karma — March 12, 2012 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

      • It’s a challenge for almost everyone, I think. But I do believe it’s possible! SOAR, my friend! (and so will I)

        Comment by Kathy — March 12, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

      • Will try my best, I promise. 🙂

        Comment by Karma — March 14, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  8. Karen these pictures are so beautiful! The first one looks so perfect you can see details of the feathers. Karen, you have the beauty and the brains to soar and acheive anything you wish. So do your two beautiful daughters!

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — March 14, 2012 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

    • Could you tell that to my school principal, please? 😉 Thanks, Mom.
      When did you get that cute avatar?

      Comment by Karma — March 14, 2012 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  9. Wow! Gorgeous shots, especially that first one. Hawks are such majestic looking birds. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — March 14, 2012 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Robin. I seem to have a fascination with birds of prey.

      Comment by Karma — March 14, 2012 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  10. The first one of him soaring is fantastic. The color of the sky and the detail in the hawk is well photographed. You’ve come a long way form your first attempts of photographing birds of prey. Been seeing a lot of hawks along the highways this past week as they migrate back to their northern homes to nest.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 15, 2012 @ 9:56 am | Reply

    • Thanks Scott. I feel like I’ve been more aware of the hawks recently and I try to to be quick with camera when I see them.

      Comment by Karma — March 16, 2012 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  11. Far better to be a bird of prey than any other bird I think… Although I’m not sure I could stomach the raw meat… Maybe a vegetarian bird of prey mefinks… Love the shots Karen… REAL nice… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — March 15, 2012 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Brian. Yes, I like my meat cooked!

      Comment by Karma — March 16, 2012 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

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