Neighborhood happenings: forest, garden and hawk

This post is a mishmash of images depicting, variously:

1) a walk in the park — the native prairie remnant at the end of my street, subject of many photo shoots over the years;

2) angel trumpets (datura) in Anne’s garden, as seen through an impressionist lens; and

3) a daring daylight hawk raid caught on pixels, as a fearless red-tailed appears in the neighbor’s front yard to snatch a squirrel.

Enough words.

Lovely, dark and deep

Lovely, dark and deep

Leaves in black & white

Leaves in black & white

Essence

Essence

Ghost trumpet trio

Ghost trumpet trio

Trumpet's scream

Trumpet’s scream

The thing itself

The thing itself

Stopping traffic

Stopping traffic

A clean getaway

A clean getaway

Goodbye, cruel squirrel!

Goodbye, cruel squirrel!

While it’s against my nature to apologize for anything I post (because — after all — I didn’t have to post it!), I’d like to just say that the hawk photos are not the greatest quality because of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anne and I actually drove up and pulled into the driveway while the hawk was sitting there on his squirrel kill (or maybe squirrel salvage — the critter could just as easily been run over by a car). I snuck into the house (using the car as cover) to get the camera, all the while doubting that the feathered fury would still be there upon my return. In the interest of time, I decided not to attempt a lens change and so ended up with the 28-75 zoom, far from an optimum choice.

And thus the images you see are very close to 100% crops, relying on the thankfully quite excellent resolution of the Canon 5D MkII’s sensor to deliver at least something recognizable.

End of apologia.

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10 thoughts on “Neighborhood happenings: forest, garden and hawk

  1. We live in the mountains, surrounded by hawks. They are fabulous shots because the birds are so fast and so magnificent.

    • This hawk was so happy to have captured lunch (I guess) that he hung around while I snuck in and got the camera. Amazing that he stayed there, literally 10-12 yards away from the car, that whole time.

  2. Very cool, what part of the country is this? When I was living in Vancouver, Wa. I got to see a couple of interesting things like this. Came home once to watch a red-tail hawk drop down and grab a bird, which surprised me had never seen this before, then while out hiking alone no more then maybe 50 ft away if it was that I watched a hawk swoop down on a tree and pick off a bird. After that it never surprised me to see such things. They are truly amazing birds.

    • This is North TX, archecotech. Specifically, Dallas. White Rock Lake area. Lots of old growth trees here bordering creeks feeding into the lake, so plenty of habitat.

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