Friday, May 4, 2012

Photo of the day: Aerie

Aerie by The Bacher Family
Aerie, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

Looking down from the viewpoint on the east end of the Nisqually Canyon on Highway 7, you can see an eagle's nest perched high at the top of a dead tree, ensconced in a circlet of three spires like a tripartite version of Orthanc. On summer days you can often see bald eagles in and around the nest. The tree, tall as it is, tops out below the viewpoint by at least a hundred feet, so in the typical flat lighting of mid-day it disappears into the surrounding forest and is hard to see. This particular day, the evening sun highlighted the tree and its aerial platform, even as the spring rain poured down around it. The combination of rain and sun made a splendid picture. The only one around to see it was me -- and now, thanks to the wonders of digital photography, you.

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