Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Again, I’m being lazy but I’ve been looking for a place to use this (what I consider) extraordinary shot from Alaska last week.  This was an early morning shot of a mature bald eagle launching from the top of a tree.  The light was perfect to catch the highlights of his feathers – hope you enjoy!

Morning Take-off

38 responses

  1. Brandon

    Awesome photo. I hope to visit The Last Frontier one of these days. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    August 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    • Thanks Brandon – the trip is well worth it – hope you took a look at my other recent posts – the Bears were incredible!

      August 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  2. Gorgeous, the colors are so intense!

    August 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    • Thank you! I can assure you, that is the way it was – I did almost nothing to this photo other than crop it.

      August 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  3. He’s so handsome!!! ..So grand and so amazing!! ..I love the texture that his wings hold and i love the spread of his wings, as well.. the sky serves as the perfect backdrop, especially, with that color! 🙂

    August 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    • It was a grand sight on a perfect morning!

      August 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

  4. Oh yes… Wonderful photo! Love the detail, as you say – especially with it being shot into the light.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    • Thanks Robin – from another semi-cantankerous, semi settled, Nikon D7000 wielding amateur photographer!

      August 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  5. absolutely amazing!!!

    August 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    • Thanks Courtney – I like your ideas about the significance of “up” – wonderful

      August 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  6. This photo is wonderful and I especially love your header photo.

    August 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    • Thanks! Not sure which header photo you like as they rotate in a slideshow but I appreciate your kind comment. I also really enjoyed my visit to your site and your much more artistic photos.

      August 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      • 🙂 It is the photo of the bear in the water.

        August 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      • Thanks again – and please drop back tomorrow – I’m just starting to write the next episode about a Momma bear and a cub we spent some time with.

        August 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  7. awesome photo and such a majestic bird

    August 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    • Brenda,
      I agree – but some of the Alaskans have a lesser opinion. While we were up there I heard the bald eagle referred to as “dumpster chickens” and “glorified vultures”. I guess it is in the eye of the beholder….

      August 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  8. The individual feathers on the right wing are incredible.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    • Thanks Cathy – I like this one a lot but it isn’t my favorite eagle shot of the week! I have one of a Juvenile that I think is really good.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

  9. what an amazing bird! now, i can’t wait to go and check out the bears.

    August 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    • Thanks. Please do check out the bears – there’s more coming tomorrow including cubs!

      August 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm

  10. This is an awesome picture!

    August 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    • Thanks! I appreciate the comment especially coming from someone with such great photos on your own site – I’m jealous.

      August 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

  11. I had a similar shot, but not as majestic..lovely click

    August 26, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    • Thanks – I like your picture of the crows!

      August 27, 2011 at 7:58 am

  12. Great photo! Love the details on this shot.

    August 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

    • Thanks. The eagle did all the hard work.

      August 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

  13. Fantastic detail.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:11 am

    • Thank you – and your shots of Chloe are great. Where were the hang gliders taken?

      August 27, 2011 at 8:07 am

    • Thanks – and it was a COOL morning.

      August 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

  14. Great photo!

    August 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

  15. I studied bald eagles in Idaho and this is a great capture of an eagle in flight!

    August 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    • Thanks – nice words from an expert!

      August 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

  16. Amazing photo. Love this with the striking colors and movement. Wow.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    • Thank you. I can recommend Alaska for great photo material for anyone. There were even two big labs at the lodge that you would love.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

  17. One of those would be welcome in my garden any time 😉

    September 1, 2011 at 1:46 am

    • Nice Soccer series on your challenge photo! Thanks.

      September 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

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