Jul 21 2010

Bald Eagles Return

Melissa Crytzer Fry

As you know from my last post, I spent time in my home state recently. I was delighted to learn that so many bald eagles are making a comeback in northwestern Pennsylvania. I was lucky enough to have seen three gliding along the surface of Pymatuning Lake before they snatched fish up in their talons. Sadly, they were too quick for me to photograph – even the ones nesting near several power lines. I never did get a great shot, unfortunately.

My sister photographed this bald eagle in the same area of PA - right behind her house.

One nest, built on a tall lightpost over a highway at Shenango Lake, showcased four babies walking precariously around in the nest. Uggh! One false move with a car zipping beneath … I don’t even want to think about it.

Probably the most interesting sight was the nest built on top of a lollipop-shaped water tower. I still have no idea how that nest is staying put on a spherical surface. A bald eagle’s nest is typically five feet in diameter!

It’s so rewarding to know that the magnificent bird that symbolizes the greatness of our country is making its comeback. Hopefully our great nation will as well. Visit me on Twitter for photos of the eagles’ nests I did capture.

For Writers: The eagle is a symbol of strength in American culture and is often used in literature. What animals do you use symbolically in your novels/writing?


Jul 19 2010

Baby Skunks

Melissa Crytzer Fry

Irony of all ironies… I did get close enough to a skunk for photos during my trip back to Pennsylvania (see previous post, Scent of Skunk). Five of them, actually: four babies and mama crossing the road! Enjoy this snapshot. They were smaller than they look in the photo (about four-month-old kitten sized).

Baby skunks, separated from their mother, after crossing the road. Jamestown, Pennsylvania.