Friday, September 11, 2009

My Loon

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

~Willa Cather



Here is my Loon chick - all grown up and getting ready to migrate. The night he was born, there was a huge storm on the lake and his sibling didn't make it. The lake was full of predators such a Pike, Eagles and snapping turtles. But with his parents help, he was able to dodge danger . There were jet skiers and boats that sometimes came too close - but still he was able to avoid them and dive under the water just in time.

And now as I let out a sigh of relief, I realize that he made it! He will live and have a family of his own someday. Life is good.

16 comments:

A New England Life said...

How awesome is that! What a beautiful baby he is too. Thank goodness one of them made and the family will continue on.

I sure wish I could listen to a Loon again!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shelley, That little loon is just precious. I'm glad he made it... Hope he can take care of himself from now on. Do they migrate????

Hugs,
Betsy

Cedar ... said...

How nice that you have that shot of the loon! Will you be able to recognize it next season? Do they return to the same lake? Great story!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

It is amazing how fast our children grow!

basketsnprims said...

Shelley,
What a beautiful photo and I'm so sorry to hear his sibling didn't make it. Have a great weekend.
hugs,
Pam

Calming Scents said...

neat post! isnt it amazing how attached you become to these gifts of nature. I to was able to share in this, this season with my baby robins.

Sue said...

It's amazing to think sometimes that anything DOES survive-the odds against them are incredible.
Lovely photo, Shelley

Pear tree cottage! said...

This is so beautiful and makes my heart sing - my favourite piece of music is "Call of the loons" and I play it all the time.

A wonderful post about a truely beautiful loon.

Lee-ann

Busy Bee Suz said...

So happy for your little loon boy. I love this quote and hope he has a delightful stress-free life!

Rose said...

Excellent shot!

hope42day said...

I love the quote! It goes so beautifully with this picture. I have added your blog to my favorites. I too live in Michigan, although the lower and enjoy anything at all about life in the Upper. It is so beautiful there. Actually, I feel Up North after I pass Saginaw. Look forward to more beautiful posts.

The Retired One said...

He is gorgeous. I was so happy to see two loons this summer and be able to photograph them for my blog, too..I know how special the loons are to you...I think of you everytime I see one now!

Chris Petrak said...

The loons are magical!

Darla said...

You sigh relief over your loons, me over my butterflies...

Tina said...

Hi Shelley,
Finally he is ready..parting is such sweet sorrow but I'm sure he will be back..and will carry on to breed more babies for you awesome lens to capture!!

Leedra said...

Glad he made it. A year ago I couldn't have said what a loon looked like, and now I even know what they sound like. You drew my attention to these wonderful loons. I wish I could hear the loons in person.