Thursday, November 11, 2021

Not an eagle


I went out for my photography walk and there was the friend of the family eagle on a branch over the Mississippi. He was pretty far away. But I decided I would brave the perilous cliffs of the River to get some close ups for you. I spent 20 minutes carefully planning my approach and triangulating to his location. I slipped over the river gorge fencing, bashed through some foliage and spotted the eagle... just as he leapt into the air and flew away.

So I sadly climbed up to the river road wall and took some pictures of the graffiti while I was there.

This is what it looked like:

It's a funny graffiti wall there. It's on the top of the bluff. In many places one can only get a few feet back from the wall. In the best of places one can get hardly more than ten feet. Then it all drops off dramatically to the river. It's extremely hard to get any kind of perspective on the graffiti. Even from a far distance scrub and trees obscure the view, though it does get better around this time of year as the leaves fall. For a picture like this I stood on the edge of the abyss:

Of course it was easier to get close up like the ones below. There weren't a lot of pieces I loved, but I did love this one, where the letters felt like they were made of bone. 

I believe the full piece reads "APOSE".

I took a couple more pictures of parts of the wall that interested me, then made my way along the river bluffs, on my usual path.

As ever, I came to my creek, and I took more pictures of a kind that I have no illusions will shock you, but that still interest me greatly.

Here is just one of them before I, like the eagle, leave you for the day:

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