Guess what I got to do this morning at Fishhawk Lake? Something most don't get to do...

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Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

I just did something most people don't get to do....especially "in their back yard". Here at Fishhawk Lake,for the last two hours I have gotten to watch a bald eagle hang out in the windy trees with me sitting across the lake watching his morning unfold before me. 

I had first seen him at 8am and grabbed my binoculars, although, against the green trees, his gorgeous white crown and neck stood out to the naked eye (even though mine are not so good naked anymore). I had just gotten ready to take the dogs for a run and they were quite anxious, so I left Baldy in the trees.

 

A photo I took last August in our back yard at Fishhawk Lake. Baldy was in the trees across the lake from the boat this morning.

 

We returned about 40 minutes later and he was still in the same spot!  Happy, happy, his feathers were occasionally getting a bit ruffled when the wind kicked up, but otherwise, he'd just move his head slowly back and forth or duck down as the gusts blew.

My good camera died awhile ago, and my husband's really sucks, so I decided to park my butt in front of our big picture windows and try out this new Celestron VistaPix IS70, which is a combo of binoculars, camera and video, but I'll be damned if I know how to use it!

 

 

 It has a big viewfinder,

 

 SO much, but my husband and I haven't taken the time to open up the manual and figure it all out. Got some shots, but I don't even know how to download them--sad!!

Baldy in the trees at Fishhawk Lake on a March morning.  I had to include this even though it's horrible, for proof!  (Taken with my husband's very basic digital from FAR AWAY),

Anyway, Baldy looks somewhat young. He's big, as they all seem to be out here, but he just looked younger in his coloring and feathers. He sat in that tree for over an hour, flew to a high branch around the corner to the left from his first spot, then he decided the creek  (Boxler Creek, a salmon habitat project) looked interesting just below him. 

(Salmon spawning every year at Fishhawk Lake)

 

Baldy headed down into the shallow water and puttered around, occasionally throwing water across his back, then he'd do a little shake and meander  leisurely through the shallow water. He walked very slowly, sort of picking his way in a small area near an old log lying in the water exposed, which he briefly stood on for a moment or two,then hopped back in the water. He would preen a bit, but not much, and I saw him shake his tail feathers, but just once. Then, I watched him (from way across the lake) make a head dive into the water as if he was going after something, but he came up with nothing. I was watching all of this with my other binoculars and then thought I'd give it another try with the Celestron. Unfortunately, while I was trying to recall how to get the LCD screen on again, he took off in flight down past the clubhouse to another part of the lake out of my sight.

 

 

Clubhouse at Fishhawk Lake off to the right of where our home is and where Baldy flew past.

But, for about two hours it felt like it was only he and I spending the morning together hanging out. An incredible experience that further emphasizes what a remarkable life I have and how blessed I am to be living our dream of being on a lake surrounded by trees, nature and the wonders that all of that brings to me on a daily basis.

Gayle Rich-Boxman
Broker, Vernonia Realty
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
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Karen Anne Stone
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Gayle, I feel so bad for you, having to live in such an awful place.  How do you stand it ?

Good Grief, what a lovely place.  It is just spectacular.  I hope this is only the first of many get-togethers for you and "Baldy."  I am envious.  Thanks for all these incredible pictures.    < suggested >

Also... I have subscribed to your blog, and I invite you to subscribe to mine.

Mar 30, 2011 09:57 AM #1
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Gary Woltal
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How very relaxing for you Gayle and you will get that camera thing going eventually to your liking. Did you know at younger ages bald eagles are not bald, white on top?

Mar 30, 2011 10:09 AM #2
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Karen Anne Stone
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Gary, I heard that same thing about Realtors when they are young.  And hmmm... you seem to still have hair.  What happened ?  < impish grin >

Mar 30, 2011 10:13 AM #3
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Sharon Lee
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Gayle-Nature is one of the best things we get to see and appreciate in our world and it is fascinating. Glad you got to see the eagle. Love all the photos you share. It always puts a smile on my face. Have a great evening.

Mar 30, 2011 10:20 AM #4
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
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Karen, you are FUNNY!  Loved the realtor bald-thing...with the women, it's usually after MENOPAUSE.

Thank you for suggesting me!

Gary, you always keep me on my toes! I'll have to do some research on Baldy (in all my spare time!)

Sharon, you always have something sweet to say to me, without fail!

Mar 30, 2011 11:41 AM #5
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Karen Anne Stone
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Gayle, you are very welcome.  It's a great post... and I hope AR gives it a Gold Star.

Mar 30, 2011 02:45 PM #6
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Karen Anne Stone
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I just noticed you have a Fishhawk Lake WordPress blog... so I took a look.  Very nicely done.  I like the way you utilized that TwentyTen theme.  I looked at it for quite a while.  It looks like a nice group of folks there at Fishhawk Lake.  Very relaxing.

Mar 30, 2011 02:49 PM #7
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Cindy Westfall
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Hi Gayle, How absolutely beautiful! I can easily see myself sitting outside sipping morning coffee taking it all in.

Mar 30, 2011 05:02 PM #8
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Kim & Kristine Halverson
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Gayle, I am so jealous!  Thank you for sharing a beautiful snapshot of your world!!  Love the pictures, and would really love a season in your area.  Kristine :)

Mar 30, 2011 06:01 PM #9
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Karen, thank you SO much!!! I've put a great deal of effort into my blogs, and your words mean that it's all worth it.

Cindy, you will just have to jump in your car and come visit!!!

Mar 30, 2011 06:05 PM #10
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
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Kristine, I get LOTS of Californians buying up here! I even got my new neighbors buy a FSBO that hadn't even been on the market yet....hours before my clients were supposed to fly home...and now they're great neighbors!  Woohoo!

Mar 30, 2011 06:08 PM #11
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Gayle I envy you. . what a great place you live in. . .

Mar 31, 2011 01:15 AM #12
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Sondra Meyer:
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Gayle, that camera is HUGE.  I've always like your pictures, so you are going to be dangerously good with this camera. lol.  I liked the salmon picture.  I never thought of salmon as being something you could actually photograph. 

I'm getting ready to build a Word Press blog, so I"ll have to check out yours.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

p.s.  I'm glad that Dave Ramsey's advice was great advice. 

Apr 01, 2011 05:37 PM #13
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Gayle - I move to your area in a heartbeatI didn't have a job, husband, kids and family! What a spectacular setting - I'd wake up happy every day - how could you not! I suggest too - great blog and your camera look very cool, complicated, but none the less cool!

Apr 01, 2011 05:50 PM #14
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Wow - if your surroundings aren't motivation enough to crack open the manual to that camera - what will it take?

Beautiful pictures.

Apr 02, 2011 09:47 AM #15
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Tom Waite
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Gayle:

Do YOU have a guest room?  I'm just askin'

Beautiful Localism style blog and I'm sure your client base loves it.

Keep on blogging.

Tom

Apr 02, 2011 05:12 PM #16
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Mona, no guilt, okay?  I'm working on trying to rank higher on google and start a new website and walk my dogs every day and serve my real estate clients...and BLOG. I'll get there, I promise!

Apr 02, 2011 05:18 PM #17
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