Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hunting From the Fire Hydrant~

The husby and I have begun taking our walks together a couple of times a week. Since I have not been feeling quite myself, he wants to make sure that I am OK.
When we walked on Wednesday, as we approached the place where we get out and park the car, I yelled, as I do often...stop the car! Right there at my eye level was a marvelous juvie Red-shouldered Hawk, perched and hunting from a fire hydrant. As many times as I have walked this area, I had never seen one do this before. Then yesterday morning, I came upon a fresh road kill...a gray squirrel. I placed it into a bag and took it and placed it by the fire hydrant. One never knows, for there are foxes, vultures, raccoons, and other assorted things that could have snagged the carcass. Today, I had to go to the post office and as I drove by...there was the Red-shouldered hawk, making a fine meal out of it's find~


  1. he is beautiful! i love that you gifted him with a carcass!

  2. My Dog would not like that surprise in her washroom I'm sure :) Nice pics :)

  3. With a perch like that, you can get some fantastic eye-level images... :)

    Happy New Year... :)

    Angad Achappa
    Angad Achappa Photography

  4. Thanks humans for your fire hydrant!

  5. Hello Mary,
    Fantastis shots of this great bird!!
    Nice to see him waiting for its prey. I see you've got much pictures on your blog I like. Beautiful!!

    Greetings, Marco

  6. amazing photos Mary. I'm happy that the little squirrel provided a meal for the hawk. that was so thoughtful of you! I hope you're feeling better. wishing you a happy day.

  7. WONDERFUL, just fantastic shot, Mary....: A truly original snapshot too........; I'd see it just PERFECT for a Pubblicity...!

    The dark red enhances its gorgeous browns & whites of the feathers...; GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

    ciao ciao


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