A Year on Clear Lake-Jul 14, 2013

Camouflage– July 14, 2013

This rabbit might well be wearing camouflage for the way it blends in with its surroundings. I almost missed him.

I have to admit that until recently I never thought about birds aging. It’s wasn’t a foreign concept, it was simply a nonexistent one. In my mind, as much as I thought about it, a bird went from baby to mature, and that was it. I didn’t imagined they lived long, but again, I never thought about it. Now I’ve learned that  birds can have double digit life spans. That seems amazing, but photographing them for the past eight months, and especially the YCNHs, I’ve come to realize not only the transformation from baby to mature, but even the aging process. There’s one YCNH on the peninsular that appears to be very old.  His size says that he is an accomplished hunter, but his eyes say he’s tired. I say he’s a wise bird that’s learned a few tricks along the way, and the young would be smart to pay him mind.

Here’s all that remains of yesterday’s rain puddle.

Green Thought: The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you…you can feel it. ~ Ted Trueblood