Leonard teases me about how careful I am with my pictures – backing up and then backing up the back-ups. So I was horrified when I, in an instant, accidentally deleted a large quantity of photographs that, being lazy, I had not backed up for a few days. I still do not know what I did, but these pictures were not in the recycle bin or any other retrievable place, including “system restore”. Thankfully a friend spent two days searching through my computer and finally found the pictures. Yes!! They are now back. But that left me without my computer and pictures for two days. A quick post this evening will keep me on my self-imposed schedule.
Bald eagles (Haliasetus leucodephalus) are year-long residents of Big Valley, my home in Modoc County CA. In the fall and winter their numbers seem to dramatically increase, only to taper off again in the spring and summer. The increase in bald eagle numbers seems to correlate with the arrival of migrating winter waterfowl, on which the eagles feed. The bald eagles are back.
Recently Leonard and I saw a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and five bald eagles sitting in a row on fence posts about two miles from our house. I like this photo of three of those bald eagles, cattle grazing in the surrounding pastures and Big Valley Mountain with Mount Shasta in the background. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place!