...lazy Sunday

I love the quiet calm of a weekend morning.  Waking up early, fresh coffee and the quiet, calm of the morning is the greatest fuzzy, comfort way to start a day.  Not just any day, but a Sunday!  

Now, I have to admit, I've been feeling a little overwhelmed lately.  Life has been been a bit of a tornado for the last few weeks, and this was the first morning when the world felt like it was floating back to normal.  It felt good. As I sipped on fresh coffee,  Otis Redding was singing "Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (sad song)".  I began to day dream of where I was going to drive off to and explore with my camera.  Then I thought such a beautiful morning shouldn't be wasted driving.  I live right beside Fish Creek Park, literally 500 meters away.  I began to think about how much I love it here.  So the drive was thrown out and my hiking shoes were laced up.  I filled up my travel mug, grabbed my camera bag and set off the explore my own back yard.

I didn't take long 'til I saw the first Osprey circling overhead. First one, then two, then finally three!  As I walked a long the path I hoped they'd lower their orbits and get within lens range.  In Fish Creek a few nest towers have been built in hope these predators will build on them so they won't use power poles and risk getting electrocuted. It has been very successful!  

I camped out in front of the nest tower, waited, hoped, prayed for a landing. It didn't take long, maybe 25 minutes and I was rewarded with a landing.  Now to say I was happy would be an understatement.  I was ecstatic looking though the view finder watching one coming closer.  I first thought she/he was flying with breakfast and as it came closer I realized it was holding a clump of grass.  They were adding soft bedding for their nest.... for their soon to be laid eggs!

I couldn't believe this amazing natural scene was happening in the heart of Calgary, a stones throw from my own home!  God smiled down on me this Sunday and gave me a great gift. 

What's in your backyard neighbourhood?  Maybe it needs to be explored by you!!!

"It has a sweet melody tonight
Anybody can sing it any old time
What in your heart puts you in a groove 
And when you sing this song 
It'll make you're whole body move, it goes

Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa" - Otis Redding

Home coming!