This past Wednesday morning as I was driving home, and along the bluff road to our house there were several bald eagles perching in trees. I drove a little ways, and suddenly one flew up from just beside me. It seemed that it was standing on the steep bank, and my driving by it caused it to take flight through the trees.
What I found fascinating was that eagle made a half circle around in front of me, landed in a tree branch just over our road, and attacked another eagle sitting in that tree. As I drove under the tree they both took flight, one after the other; but when the last one left it flew high, then, made a dive bomb attack on the other one.
A few minutes later I stepped on on the front porch or our house, and though I could not see the eagles I heard the screeching speech of an eagle. It was a continued piercing screeching sound, clearly that of an eagle. They were on the other side of the hill that rises slowly to the South of our home.
They are majestic birds. Wonderful to watch. I had never seen them behave that way before. That is why I have the question marks on the end of the title. It may have just been a domestic dispute. It may have been a dominance dispute as well. It is interesting here on the banks of Flat Creek.
“It sure is hot!” or “It feels like a blast furnace.” or “It’s like stepping into an oven out there.” How many times have you heard these phrases or something similar? Probably several, if you live in the South, Midwest or Northeast parts of the USA.
Remember last February. Temps on one day around Cassville, Mo fell in some places to about -30 degrees. Yesterday [July 21, 2011], at my house, the temp was +110. That would be a plus of 140 degrees from that day in February.
The heat is on, for sure, and the grass is no longer green; with the exception of a few places. I mowed my front yard last evening, and it seemed that I was mowing dust; but the front yard looks much better.
It is hot outside, and when the morning temps are in the mid seventies, that doesn’t look like a cooling for the day ahead. I much prefer the 110 to that of 30 below zero. I am also very thankful for the heat of the sun. Without it we would all freeze in a matter of minutes. Though none of us want to be roasted or baked alive.
GOD is so good to us. He is full of mercy and grace. He placed this planet in just the right location for life, especially human life; and there is no place like it in the universe.
There is no place like living along the banks of Flat Creek. No place.
Enjoy the heat for the next few days. Absorb the rays of the sun. Let it warm you. You will need it in a few months.
LORD, we do ask for rain for growth and nourishment of crops, and filling the rivers and streams in our area. Thank YOU Almighty GOD.