Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014

Bighorn sheep on Highway 74 October 2014
This big guy crossed the highway, October 2014.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Eagle in flight~SkyWatch Friday~060112

Look out!  No, it's not a real eagle.  It a carved one, in downtown Idyllwild.  It's part of another animal pole that's been in the center of town for years.  Doesn't it look real, however?  Skywatch Friday for June 1, 2012.  To visit Skywatch Friday, please go to:   http://skyley.blogspot.com/

10 comments:

  1. It is incredibly realistic, and lovely against the blue sky.

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  2. I did venture in when I saw the thumbnail; it IS a good replica

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  3. I had to look twice!! That's a great piece of art.

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  4. I remember this giant Ponderosa Pine tree on the other side of Strawberry Creek from "Baker in the Forest" on South Circle there that died and had to be cut down. The road, South Circle had one lane going going around one side of the tree and the other lane around the other. It was massive and looked like some small example of a Redwood tree from the north.

    I knew eventually the road compaction would suffocate the roots system, but that's the way it is up there. Many trees have died from the same cause. But they salvaged the huge log and made your Totem Pole.

    Interestingly, the most giant of all Ponderosas up there is just a couple hundred feet from where that tree was cut down. As you cross Strawberry Creek from the Fern Valley Corners, take your first right on Tahquitz Drive. From that turn it's a mere 50 yards on your right. I've taken many a friend and family there to see the tree. You get out of the car, stand there in disbelief that there is such a gigantic living thing that actually could exist in So-Cal. Many of this trees branches are as big around in diameter as most surrounding tree trunks. Sadly before the logging of the old days, those types of trees were very common in that valley.

    Though many of those trees throughout the valley look very much like large towers and very old looking, the reality is at most they are 120. This is extremely young in Ponderosa years. I doubt such old growth examples will ever be common again. When I arrived in the early 1980s, it was said at that time by the Biologist Tom (forgetting his last name here) told me the trees on were average 90 years old.

    Thanks 4 the memories.

    Kevin

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  5. What a thrill to see an eagle in flight like that!

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  6. Yes, you fooled me! Beautiful against the blue sky.

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  7. LOL, you had me going. It's a nice bird carving. Happy SWF!

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  8. You could have fooled me. Nice sculpture.

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  9. Well darn!!! I thought you had the capture of the day!!! It definitely looks real!!!

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  10. Captured so beautifully!

    My Sky Shot, have a great weekend.

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