Maladies in Spring
I’m behind in posting this Photo-a-Day piece for the last week of February. In fact, I am behind in so much here on Medium and elsewhere.
I received my second Moderna vaccine on February 22nd and by Tuesday, I struggled to keep my eyes open for more than an hour or two. Yes, somnolence is one of the known side-effects. I spent most of Tuesday and a good portion of Wednesday sleeping. By Thursday, I was almost back to normal. Then . . . a chronic health issue I have kicked in and has continued kicking for 10 days. No, it’s not related to the vaccine.
Sadly, I wasn’t unable to enjoy spring in all its fullness over the last two weeks. But, I did get bits of pieces of it captured in photos.
The photo above calls for a story. That jumble of twigs and Spanish moss is a red-shoulder hawk’s nest. I watched a male and female hawk getting all lovey-dovey in January, chasing one another through trees, making shrill chwirk mating sounds. I hadn’t seen the female recently but often heard her calls. As I was doing some gardening on Thursday when I was feeling a little better, the male landed in a nearby tree. I noticed worms in his beak and knew they weren’t his breakfast. Then, I heard the female call from across the parking lot. Papa flew obediently to a tall tree and landed in this fork. Immediately, I heard the chirping of eyas — yes, that is the official name for baby hawks. When I approached the tree to take photos, Papa flew to a nearby roof and kept a sharp eye on me, while Mama and eyas sunk into their nest, completely out-of-sight. Whenever I was outside that day, Papa appeared to stalk me.
I swear I heard a voice that sounded a great deal like Don Corleone’s warning me to forget where his family’s nest is located!
Interesting fact about these hawks: the females are considerably larger than the males. I thought that the hawk I photographed several times earlier this year and late last year was a male. But, once I saw the two together, I knew the larger one that I’d been photographing was the female.
What is this Photo-a-Day Challenge? A little pandemic idea I had in July 2020 to make life a little brighter and lighter during a very dour year. And, a good practice to make you more aware and more appreciative of your world.
Take photos every day; choose one for each day; share them with us.
This is not a competition! It’s not about the best photos but about the photos that best represent your world and your experiences each week.
These photographers have graciously joined me on this journey — some once, some a few times, and some consistently:
We welcome anyone who wants to give the Photo-a-Day Challenge a try!
© Dennett 2021