Sunday, May 24, 2009

Look what I found this morning...



After kayaking my arms to exhaustion all over a 230 acre lake and trying to follow the loons' call to see where they were located, I finally found my beloved loon pair pictured above. Now who's going to tow me back to shore? :-)

*I headed to the local coffee shop and took advantage of their WIFI. I just couldn't wait until Tuesday to post this. I took over 185 photos and I will probably take more. I may have to make this Shelley's Loon Week!

46 comments:

Dorothy said...

Hi Shelley,
I'm so glad you found your Loons! They are beautiful! Their feathers make an interesting pattern!
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a note.

holdingmoments said...

Shelley, that's a beautiful picture. Captured them perfectly.

Mildred said...

I am so thrilled for you Shelley!
What beautiful feather patterns. I cannot wait to see more on SLW - Shelley's Loon Week!

Bird Girl said...

Now is when you are really going to LOVE that new lens! These are spectacular and I can feel many more on their way...yippee!!! I hope to see loony babies this year! Congrats on seeing these guys - a great reward for all of your work! Hope you got back home without incident - I bet Shelley's arms are gonna hurt in the mornin' ;-)

Kallen305 said...

I am so happy for you Shelley!! The photos are fantastic!!! I am sure you are feeling the same joy I feel with the Peregrines! It's almost maternal pride I tell you. So rewarding for you and I can't wait to see the other picutres.

The Retired One said...

At last!! I knew you would find them...and I can't wait to see your other shots.
They are beautiful!

Kelly said...

Shelley's Loon(ey) Week sounds wonderful. I can't get enough of these beautiful birds. And you're so close! It must be wonderful to be on the lake and catch a glimpse of them...

A New England Life said...

Now that's dedication! All for us too! lol! The Loons are one bird I would like to see up close. Great photo, really great. Thanks for bringing us this wonderful bird. Now if we could only hear their call ; )

Hows the arms? I wouldn't dare bring my camera in a kayak. Knowing me I'd tip the thing over!

Sharon

John said...

Looks like you found an avian Pushmi-pullyu.

bennie and patsy said...

Bring the photo's on , we never get tired of looking and wishing we were with you.
Patsy

fishing guy said...

Shelly: what great exersize to get that perfect shot. I love the Loons but have never seen one in Ohio.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gogrgeous.Yes,please do show many more Loon pictures.
Blessings,Ruth

Judy said...

Beautiful! Do you ever lose your camera? I want to canoe with mine but I'm so afraid of it falling in the water.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Congrats, Shelley... I know how happy you are---and I'm so happy for you.. They are gorgeous!!!!!

Have a great evening --and Memorial Day..

Hugs,
Betsy

Rambling Woods said...

Wow Shelley...they are such awesome birds...hope your arms don't hurt too much, but it is wonderful to be able to see a loon....
Michelle From Rambling Woods

Jessica said...

Hip Hip Hooray!!!! It's time for the Loons again. How wonderful for you and for us. I still have NEVER seen a loon so I get to live it through you. They are so strikingly BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to see more photos.

Elaine said...

Glad you found the loons! The photo is absolutely gorgeous! I'm looking forward to seeing more next week.

HBFG said...

Those are really beautiful, elegant birds, Great shots! :))

Cathy Clementz said...

This is beautiful!! Looks like it was worth the paddling!!

Tina said...

Shelley,
I wish I had all that kayak exercise you just clocked in...wow! what a work out!!
Your photos were well worth all that work..dah,..easy for me to say..lol..but what a shot!!
I'm ready for loon week!! Can you do a sound bite from them...I so loved to hear that haunting call early in the morning!!

Jayne said...

Yay Shelley!!! We'll all pitch in and get you a good massage for being so diligent! They are so very beautiful. The plumage is just extraordinary.

Nick S said...

There ya go, you got your Loons :-) Nice pose you captured too.

Rural Rambler said...

Shelley what a nice thing this weekend for you to find your Loons! Perfect ending to the week. And so nice that you share them with us, thank God for digital photography, the internet and blogs!!! Enjoy your day!

Mary said...

Oh, goody...we want to see all 185 photos (well, maybe only 180).

Montanagirl said...

That is such a beautiful picture! You do a great job with your photography and I love your blog.

T and S said...

The near eye-level composition is beautiful Shelley

Abe Lincoln said...

The Loons...I really like to hear them across a lake.

This is a very nice post on Memorial Day. Sadly, it no longer honors all the dead but shifts the emphasis on veterans. I served during the Korean War but I still think our old "Decoration Day" was more meaningful and I wrote about it.

My look back to the good old days on Decoration Day

Deborah Godin said...

What a thrill. And a lovely devoted shot of the pair!! "Shelley's Loon Week" - sounds great to me!

Sandy said...

Your arms must be in great shape! Great photo too.

Lanny said...

ooooh ahhhh owww!

Deb said...

The perfect start to your morning I'm sure! Gorgeous photo as always Shelley! I've been doing some catch up reading missed posts this morning ~ beautiful photos! Hope you are having a great Monday.

The Early Birder said...

Fabulous Shelly & worth the all the arm ache! Lol FAB

Heather said...

That's fantastic Shelley! Congratulations! They are sooooo beautiful. Hope you had a nice weekend.

Jenny said...

I'm surprised your arms had the energy to keep the camera up and shooting. (-: Though I shouldn't be surprised considering your love of loons! (-: Fabulous shot! Can't wait to see more.......

Ms. ~K said...

This photo is well worth your efforts!!! Thanks for not making us wait to see it!
Maybe you could call it Shelle's Loony Week, sounds like fun, huh?
Kit

Ginnymo said...

They are beautiful!!! Great photo of them Shelly!! I know you are enjoying your weekend....but that's a lot of kayaking!! yikes!

Daisy said...

Hurray! I'm so glad you found them. Great photo, Shelley. Hope your arms are doing better by now. :)

Andy said...

Well worth the effort!

Gardener's Garden said...

Shelley I somehow knew without looking that it would be your lovely Loons you had found. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Cam said...

Way to go Shelley!

Eve said...

Congrats Shelley!! Job well done and just think of the great muscles you'll have!!

Mary C said...

Hurray! You found your loons. Great job, Shelley. How do your tired arms feel? It sure was worth it, wasn't it?

HANNIBAL said...

Wow! You really got close with these! I'm sure it was worth every paddle!

J'ellen said...

Gorgeous photo! I have yet to see a loon, can't wait! Some day.

NCmountainwoman said...

The Loon Ranger rides (paddles) again! So glad you found the nest. Can't wait for more photographs.

Chris said...

Hi Shelly,
i guess you are a very happy lady! Finally you got to see your favorite birds. Your pictures is beautiful and i would like to get one like this. Let's hope i'll get it this year!!