I grabbed my camera and headed out in an attempt to complete my latest quest to capture a perfect lovely orange leaf in mid air. They are so beautiful dancing to the tune of the wind. With each twist and turn the sun exposes an array of color within each single leaf. The perfect capture would reveal the brightest orange, red or yellow to be found within its veins.
The cats were all curled up asleep, with bellies still full from their late morning snack. Mollipop ran out of the door with a perky step always reserved only for the grandest times out side. She made her rounds diligently smelling all around the yard to make sure no stranger was, nor had been, in her territory. It only took a few moments and she too was over taken by the glory of the day. She made her way quickly to the south side of the yard. Once there, she rolled over on her back, and wiggled back and forth until at last she stretched full out to bask beneath the brilliant light of the sun.
We were all set and ready to devote our entire afternoon to this sweet warm southwestern winter afternoon. I took a seat on the front porch and made one last check to make sure my camera was on and ready. For a while the breeze lay still. Then as sure as the sun had rose earlier in the day the breeze returned and the leaves began to tumble down ever so slow. I arose from my comfy cushioned chair and got ready to get the perfect shot. I knew I need only be patient and soon I would have it. I was calm with little or no anticipation. Rather, I already felt the sensation and joy that comes when I have mastered my quest and gotten exactly the shot I had been waiting for.
Suddenly a huge dark shadow loomed above making its way across the sky. I could not see what it was because the front porch awning was blocking my view. Mollipop jumped up abruptly and began running as fast as she could barking wildly up into the sky above. All three cats arose from their lazy dreams, and moved closer in, under the awning, hiding from this very big ominous dark shadow that now demanded complete attention.
Just as suddenly as this unseen large shadow flew over I looked to my right and one of the biggest, ugliest, spookiest looking birds I have ever seen was perched on a big limb. It sat staring down at all of us from the big Oak that stands along the banks of a small pond on the south side of our property. And then there was another one and another one. The afternoon had turned from delightful to down right creepy. They were coming from everywhere. I counted at least six of them.
I tried to get a picture with more than just one or two birds together. I think there is one. But only one. They wouldn't let me get another. They had become the masters of this sunny warm afternoon. Mollipop, the cats and myself now found ourselves spellbound and yes even a little frightened. What did they want? What were they? Buzzards? I don't know. The pictures are below. You tell me.
Happy Bird Tails To You....