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Props for the ‘Possum

Props: proper respect, recognition – Urban Dictionary I’ve never given the opossum a second thought unless it happened to scurry across my path in the approaching dusk. Ghostly, ghastly, pallid and grotesque, there were so many more colorful things in life...

I Glimpsed P.E. Joy

You may have been one of those people who excelled at sports (and if you were, I really do admire you), however, I was never among that elite group of fit, perky, energetic individuals that could kick &@!$% in their chosen field. For me, it was a series...

Falcons, Friesians, and Fashion

It’s well-known in historical texts and artifacts that falconry has been practiced for over 3,000 years and possibly even longer as it pre-dates written records.  Places such as Arabia, China, Mongolia, Japan, Germany and Europe (to...

Don’t Be Discourage

Jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis, had a great uncle who cut stone for a New Orleans cemetery. On a small stone, he engraved the words, “Don’t Be Discourage.” He ran out of room for the last D. However, Marsalis, who still has the stone, said he likes it that way, as it...

A Meaningful Life or the Pursuit of Happiness?

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances”. — Victor Frankl The above quote was written by a prominent psychiatrist and neurologist who was arrested and sent to a Nazi...

Breakthrough with Bellatrix

We picked up a beautiful passage hawk 12 days ago. A falconer and his wife who live south of us had trapped her and put out an alert in the falconry community to see if anyone was looking for a Red-tailed Hawk. My husband was! He had been trapping all month (with help...
The Flight of the Hawk

The Flight of the Hawk

The hawk is a symbol of vision, creativity, wisdom, observation, power and truth. The hawk soars freely above and as Warren beautifully described, “…there is hope for those of us who turn to the flight of the hawk and the truth of the light.” Evening...
Winter Hunt

Winter Hunt

A beautiful day in January with the hawks! Oz, a male Red-Tailed Hawk and Sadie, a large female both were lucky and caught a squirrel.  
Annual Falconry Event in Dahlonega, GA

Annual Falconry Event in Dahlonega, GA

It was a beautiful annual Georgia Falconry Association’s fall picnic in Dahlonega, Georgia. To see some beautiful red-tailed hawks and other birds of prey, be sure to stop by and meet the falconers and other visitors.  It’s a great opportunity to learn about...
Fly, Fly, Gracie

Fly, Fly, Gracie

My husband recently decided to let Gracie, his first red-tailed hawk, fly free. Only 20% of most hawks in the wild make it to maturity (due to many reasons including disease and poisoning from eating tainted rodents). A hawk that has an opportunity to be with a...
The Windhover (Falco Tinnunculus)

The Windhover (Falco Tinnunculus)

I came across this beautiful poem about the Kestrel, which is a small falcon only a little bigger than a Robin. It’s distinctly colorful and when it hunts, it “hovers” in the currents of the wind. It was written by Gerard Hopkins and published in...

Red-Tail Hawk Spring Photo Shoot

Enjoying a beautiful moment on a cool yet sunny spring day with my husband, two dogs and Gracie. I took a bunch of photos and here are the best of the bunch.

Hawks on the Hunt – A Photographic Story

On a recent hunting trip in South Georgia, these falconers and their hawks hunted together for squirrels, a common prey for the Red-tailed Hawk. The photos illustrate three different hawks (Gracie, an immature female, Scout, an immature male and Heath). If you look...

Finessing the Quill

Once again, the Outdoor Blogger Network has put forth a writer’s prompt: Lets see where the Outdoor blog ‘work’ gets done. I love a challenge, especially an easy one (does that still qualify as a challenge?).  Most of the time, when I ponder about which word to...

The Indomitable Water Buffalo

I’ve always been amazed whenever I’ve seen a water buffalo protecting their young or banding together against an adversary. They’re courageous, extremely protective and utterly indomitable. Here’s my first attempt at drawing one.  My original...

The Fugitive

Last Saturday, January 15th, 2011 3:50 a.m. – the alarm squawked, or was that my husband? He had been up since 2:30 in anticipation of a state annual falconry “Field Meet”  where falconers convene to hunt, share stories, styles, tips and tricks....

Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em

When I hear my husband’s falconry tales, I listen in amazement and wonder how I’m going to explain the next adventure to my readers. I have to admit that his take on the story is usually a short, to the point, ex-New Yorker recap of the situation. However,...
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

The Outdoor Blogger Network has put forth a challenge via their “Writer’s Prompt” to share with the blogosphere why we have so named our blogs. Although the name of this blog may seem self explanatory, I thought I’d still share its humble...
Thanks for the Blog Love Outdoor Blogger Network!

Thanks for the Blog Love Outdoor Blogger Network!

A huge thank you to Joe and Rebecca of the Outdoor Blogger Network (OBN) for featuring my blog as one of their “Featured Outdoor Bloggers of the Week.” When I first found the OBN, I was so impressed with the quality of the content, comraderie and spirit of...
Hawk on Hawk Crimes

Hawk on Hawk Crimes

I dropped my husband off at the mews yesterday. It was lunchtime, a typical day and nothing unusual was in the wind. I walked into the barn with him and then into the mews while he was deciding whether or not to fly her.  Gracie was sitting on her perch, as usual,...