Monday, January 21, 2008

mail call!

It's not every day you find one of these waiting on you to pick up your mail, at least not in my neighborhood.

24 comments:

Oliviah said...

(Terry, if you see this, is this a young one? Seems like there are a lot of birds that aren't very afraid of people lately and they all look like juveniles to me but it has been such a long time since I was a breeder, I just don't remember, it's like a blank slate. But he was a cutie pie).

I wish blogger let you show 4 picture in a box or something so I could show a bunch at once rather than the long row down the page. That gets so boring looking to me.

Today was the first day I had to give myself an injection on the belly. I thought that would be traumatizing but turns out, all the trauma was just in my head, the shot was nothing--I swear, I gave it to myself and I felt nothing. Seriously. Not a thing. No pinch, no sting, no sensation whatsoever. Pretty cool, eh?

Hugs and smoochies!
Oliviah

Michael said...

Gorgeous.

Take Care
Michael

Dzeni said...

That is a brilliant picture! Well done. I'm glad that the injection did not hurt :) Who knew?

Autumn Storm said...

Oliviah, you truly take spectacular pictures, so vibrant and present!

Am very happy and relieved to hear that giving yourself these shots will not be painful or traumatic. Next best thing to not having to take them at all. :-) Love and bear hugs to you, x, think of you all the time.

Deb said...

The bird is gorgeous. Another great shot Oliviah!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Michael. I think he looks kind of sweet sitting there but he and his kinfolk are the reason I will never let my sweet, silly pigeon Caesar take a flight. Shudder.

Oliviah

Oliviah said...

Autumn, I can't tell you how relieved I am about that. I thought the tummy injections would be very painful and didn't know if I'd be able to bring myself to continue to do it for the rest of my life if it was. But it is nice, these injections are one thing that I will not have to fear. :-)

Oliviah said...

Thanks Jenni! :-)

Oliviah said...

Deb, he really is beautiful. I never have been fond of hawks because they stalked my aviaries but he just looked so soft & sweet I found myself wishing I could pet him without getting bit.

I'm starting to wonder what's up with all these birds around here with their staring. The other day I got dozens of pictures of a great big buzzard. He just sat there like he was waiting till I got done taking his picture, then he flew off.

Well, if this keeps up, I hope the next bird that wants to stare at me is a cardinal. :-D

tsduff said...

Heck Oliviah - it isn't a young one at this time of year. I know it is a falcon, but what kind I'm not too sure. I'll have to look it up in my Florida bird book. You were a breeder? Well I'll be slapped! You are so full of surprises every time I come around I get a brand new facet of you. :) You are so good with that camera!

When we were kids I remember we were so afraid of getting rabies... not because of the disease, but because of the shot treatment we heard we would have to get... lots of shots in the belly! (I think we watched Old Yeller too many times...) I hope you continue to not worry about the shots. xo

Oliviah said...

Oh, does that takes me back, what you said about the rabies--when we were kids, to me...the thought of rabies shots in the belly was scarier than that Cujo story.

I wondered if I'd ever remember things I've forgotten from the aviary/breeder days and I realized that as long as I can't bear to remember the things that made me forget it, I'm not going to remember the rest. I put my memory out like snuffing out a candle or a child quietly going to sleep. Not consciously, of course. But it's why seeing birds always comes as a kind of surprise to me, it's why my concepts of time don't match the people I know, I have missing years. Part PTSD, part neurological problems. Bad combo.

tsduff said...

What ever makes up the Oliviah I have come to know is a winning combination no matter how it seems. I grateful to have stumbled upon you in this virtual world, and even touched circles across the country. You are a unique and rare individual of whom I've grown quite fond. Birds and lava - two of my very favorite things.

Anonymous said...

You always amaze with you luck with the camera! I can't even take a decent photo of my sleeping cat! And the clarity is second to none! Good Job!

Oliviah said...

"Luck" it is, because I have the hardest time seeing through a camera lens and haven't got a clue about basic photography. It would be fun to take lessons. Oh. No it wouldn't. I forgot for a minute, it would be totally humiliating considering I wouldn't be able to comprehend what they are talking about. Oh well. I will just be grateful for what I can do...see the pretty birdy, grab the camera and hope what I see shows up on the picture! :-D

Oliviah said...

Terry, I sure am glad to have run across you in this blog world, that's for sure. I thought of you the other day when on a science discovery channel they showed all this amazing footage of lava flows from all over the place. I kept thinking, "Whoa! I wish I could show this to Terry!" I tell you, that stuff never ceases to amaze me. I wish they could invent a suit you could wear and walk right into a flow so you could even dig your hands right into it and watch it pour from your hands without getting burned and pull it like taffy. :-D

tsduff said...

HA! I've thought the very same thing about lava. It is so facinating - and beautiful. I was so disappointed that the one time I went to Hawaii I wasn't able to go see it where the lava pours off the land into the ocean. We did walk into a lava cave though, a tube, and it was festooned with ferns and dripping water, and very dark. But cool. The thought of liquid rock - real hard rock turned into a liquidic substance just boggles my brain.

I've rethought my ID on your bird - it has the look of a hawk... Coopers, Sharp-shinned, or some kind unique to Florida. My California bird book didn't have an exact match.

Oliviah said...

Terry,

"The thought of liquid rock - real hard rock turned into a liquidic substance just boggles my brain."

I agree. And when they had us make those science experiment "volcanoes" in the 7th grade ---I can't remember what we put in them to make them "erupt"--- but I remember watching "volcano" after "volcano" successfully erupt, feeling a huge sense wistfulness because those things just were so very NOT volcanoes, it rather depressed me. That foamy red mess coming out of these "volcanoes" was truly nothing more than that to me--a foamy mess. I think I wasn't the only one who kind of hoped that there would be just a little something more to them than that. LOL. That's funny. ;-)

Oliviah said...

It would have been funny if someone had set off a pack of those little firecrackers or something at just the right time for a little drama and chaos.

tsduff said...

LOL! Those "volcanos" were gross! I watched an old movie once where all the natives on an island were running way from the lava pouring out down the hill. The special effects were hilarious, but I was still fascinated (I was a child), wondering what it really would be like to see real lava. I was talking about lava to my 6 year old grandson Hunter, and he expressed fear, saying he would run away if he ever saw a volcano. I tried to teach him that it would be interesting, rather than scary.

DaveB said...

Ok, Oliviah and guys, here is a photo of a Red Tailed Hawk that looks similar to the photo. The other pictures of a cooper's hawk didn't look right.
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/tanin_2006/BOP/red_tail_hawk_2.jpg

Oliviah said...

It's pretty weird though, when you think about it, how much pressure and heat there is under the ground under our feet. I think about that stuff when I look at my rock collection, wondering sometimes what it took to create each piece I found (or bought) that fascinate me like you would not believe. Add to that, two pieces of lava and I'm in heaven, lol!

Oliviah said...

Dave, for some reason your link didn't fully show so I had to split it in half. Hopefully, if it's just put back together it will work.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/
tanin_2006/BOP/red_tail_hawk_2.jpg

Thank you Dave!
Oliviah

jennifer said...

This is stunning. Jennifer

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you like it Jennifer, and welcome to my blog. :-)

Oliviah