SOLC 2019 Day 30: A Springtime Brew


March 2019 SOLC–Day 30
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This morning I swung down by the river to catch the sunrise. As I pulled into my parking space, a juvenile bald eagle flew right before me. I thrust the car in park and grappled for my camera, hoping to catch a quick shot. I didn’t realize yet that the hour ahead would be full of such opportunities.


Quick! Take a pic! It’s an eagle!

I noticed my friend, Roger, was already at the water’s edge snapping photos. I took a few pictures and then wandered over to join him. Last weekend I’d seen him, but I’d been in a total stress zone. The river magic hadn’t worked on me. This weekend Mother Nature was pulling out all the stops, and together, we were a rapt audience.

We took picture after picture, delighting in the beauty unfolding around us. I went back and forth between gawking and wildly swinging my camera around trying to capture the cauldron of activity. The seagulls were back, ducks flew, floated and fished, and eagles swooped by periodically. The air was filled with song, and bird after bird made an appearance–cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, pigeons, hooded and common mergansers, grackles, robins and more. The fish were jumping, and the river ice had receded dramatically, bringing back those intoxicating reflections. I could have spent hours watching bird shadows swimming amidst reflected clouds. Add the rising sun to the mix, and it was intoxicating. An ambrosial springtime brew!


Hard to catch a sharp photo when everything’s moving!


Hooded mergansers coming in for a landing


Seagull at sunrise


Incoming! (This one cracks me up!)

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Swimming bird reflections


After sunrise, the sun still puts on a show


juvenile bald eagle 




14 thoughts on “SOLC 2019 Day 30: A Springtime Brew

  1. Danielle says:

    Wow, these pictures are amazing! I love the switch you eloquently note from last week to this week: from stress zone to rapt audience, the ambrosial springtime brew. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Amanda Potts says:

    These pictures are gorgeous. My goodness! If I keep reading about all this beauty I may have to start getting up early myself!

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  3. terierrol says:

    Beautiful photos. I love the imagery in your words too. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. margaretsmn says:

    Love your photos of this amazing morning. The miracle of nature!

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  5. Anna Maria says:

    Stunning photos! But oh my goodness that seagull looks so intense! Could he have been hungry or angry? Hangry?

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  6. paulabourque says:

    These are stunning…and evidence of why I love Maine so much! Thanks for sharing photographs as visual slices to inspire, energize, and amaze us this month. I am so grateful.

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