Meadow Survey

August 26, 2016.  One more post stemming from recent camping in the Lincoln National Forest above Cloudcroft NM – as I continue to process the many photos, I relive memorable moments – some flowing into poems.

This magnificent hawk settled into his surveying roost on our first evening, when we were the only campers.  We hoped he would return as this seemed likely one of his regular hunting grounds.  But next day additional campers arrived, then more and more as the Gathering of Circles crowd rolled in from all over.  No surprise the hawk chose to hunt elsewhere for awhile.  Likely the many little underground burrowers needed a few days’ reprieve.  Our hour of binocular hawk watching was a gift, one of a kind. The image below is from the camera of Gary Kendrick – he has the lens that can span a meadow!