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March 14, 2016

Raptors and Rainbows

My monthly routine includes waking before dawn and driving north for 30 minutes to shoot sunrise pictures - sky - flora - fauna. It's my along time - life in the slow lane that balances a hectic week at work. I'm usually home by 9:30, in time for another special Barbara breakfast of toast and eggs, french toast or pancakes.

Asking God's blessing and protection, I never know what I'll see or experience, but trust His care and leading. The Preserve is an old friend after these few years, but there is always something new to see. Today proved that once again.

This week's rains really soaked the Valley. The Preserve was so wet, the trails were flooded and chained off. I had started my trek at the freeway off ramp at Twin Cities Road, where I toted my tripod to the fence line and started capturing sunrise cloud color reflected in the flooded fields to the east. From there I soloed down Bruceville Road, stopping to grab bird, sky and flora opportunities. A rainbow started coloring the sky to the west, as the sun was trying to rise above a low bank of clouds to the east. I waited . . . and waited . . . and finally there was enough light and color to take its portrait. That was a Preserve first - after thousands of photographs.

Another first greeted me as I drove to turn onto Desmond Road. A huge bald eagle perched on a power pole about 1/8 mile away. My camera was on the seat, but his majesty must have seen it and flew off to the south. The best I could do was stop and shoot through the windshield. Terrible quality - too far away - disappointing. BUT this was the first eagle I've seen here, and picture or no picture, just seeing it was worth much more.

Thank you, Lord, for letting me glimpse the majesty in your creation.

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Book Titling

I haven't even thought about a title for the book - the book that has been rattling around in my head for a few years - the words that find their way to the scratchpad - the themes that drive the story - the imagined faces, voices, places - the length - I've thought about everything but the title.

And how important is it, really, at this point?