Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement~ Bald Eagles Soaring

Kayaking in the Hudson Valley of New York can bring many surprises. The greatest thrill we experienced was bald eagles soaring above our heads. Holding the kayak steady to stare into their majestic eyes as they rested in trees was such a magical moment. One day we kayaked at Bashakill and saw a bald eagle nest with an immature eagle and the parents swooping in and out of the roost. The next day we headed to the Delaware River Gap and paddled eight miles downstream where we saw about twelve different eagles fishing and soaring on the wind. Luckily we got to see beavers, dams, herons, deer, amazing plant life and every color of dragonflies also. What a fabulous place to kayak.

Immature Bald Eagle Sitting in a Tree

Bald Eagle Soaring Above the Treeline

Bald Eagle Fishing on the Delaware River

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close… to the Edge!

Max Close the Edge of Bonticou Crag

Each summer we travel to visit my sister and her family in New York State. Our favortie place to hike is up to Bonticou Crag at Mohonk Preserve.  At 1200 feet, this outcrop offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Shawangunk Mountains. Turkey vultures soar overhead and wild blueberries abound at your feet. After a long scramble up huge granite rocks, you are rewarded with the beauty of the preserve and the mountains in the distance. It is not a climb for those afraid of heights, but it is just amazing! We will be making our annual hike in a few weeks. Yeah!

A Turkey Vulture Glides Close By

Brian, Devon and Max Close to the Edge

Anni Resting Close to the Edge

Brian is Close to a Vulture

You Can’t Rest Much Closer to the Sky