Saturday, September 12, 2009

Time to breathe

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



If you're one of the few people who read all my 50 million blogs (Betsy, Leedra, Mildred, Benny & Patsy) - then you know that I've been posting my Loon chick all over the place. The photo above was taken last weekend on my kayak. I was so happy to see this Loon baby grow up successfully in spite of all the dangers it encountered this summer (as do many other loons.)

This Loon was born on a stormy night and its' sibling did not make it. There were predators (eagles, turtles, pikes) and people to avoid and survive. I can't tell you how many jet skiers I yelled at from my kayak to "slow the !@#$ down" - because the baby Loon has a hard time diving down into the water to avoid them. Sometimes in my cabin I would hear the loon's tremolo call and start worrying that he was in trouble. Then I would have Greg launch me in my kayak so I could go check.

But in spite of all of this he made it. I feel like a proud parent that is now able to let their baby go (April, your post on letting your daughter go to college made me think of this!) Until next year when the next set of Loon babies hatch....then the worries start all over again!

15 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Just a thought... Why (since your time is limited these days) don't you combine all of your blogs into one now??? You have alot of different followers on each one--but if you let everyone know on each blog that you are changing to ONE, I'm sure they would follow you there. You could leave the new link on all of them... Just my thoughts for the morning!!!!! ha

I do love seeing the sweet little loon though.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jen said...

You are a great Loon Rnager! :D

George said...

You did a great job of protecting this young loon. Do Loon Rangers get medals? You deserve one.

Cedar ... said...

Guess the loon's name should be "Cat"... it's had 9 lives! Love that shot, Shelley!

KentuckyFarmGirl said...

Oh Shelley I am so glad he made it and you have every right to feel like a proud parent!! Love that pic too!

Karen said...

Go get 'em Shelley!!!!!
(GASP! Did you say what I think you said when you typed "#@*!*@#*" ?? LOL!)
Good girl! Great photo!
I learned something new today. The Loon is on the Canadian one dollar coin. And they call it a "loonie".
HA! I thought of you!
Not that you're loonie (hehehe).
HUGS! And thank Scout for the slobbery kisses.

Sandi Keene said...

Shelley to the rescue!!

Arlene said...

I love the pic and am so glad you protected that one. Now off to more.

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

my sister's name is Shelley and I am her younger sibling Kelley! love your blog!

JyLnC said...

That is the cutest angle for a photo. He looks so cute from behind. I'm glad he made it, too.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

He looks so peaceful Shelley and good pic of him!
Rondell

reliv4life said...

what a beautiful picture of survival. thanks!

grammy said...

Love the little baby Loon picture. Sounds like you have a big job worrying about the baby (o:

rosemarie said...

shelly,you are a great mom,caring and worried about the loon.some people just dont care,,glad to hear your a good person that cares..have a great day!!

Darla said...

I love this!! STILL!