A Time for Denial | Withme Photography Blog


While up at the Wildcat Ridge hawk watch today, it seemed that the writing was on the wall, but it is nothing that I want to acknowledge. Not just yet. I think that I’d prefer to stay in denial for the time being.

The thing that is growing apparent is that we are drawing ever closer to the end of this year’s hawk watching season. The majority of the hawks have passed through our area now and are far to our south. The skies are so empty that we find ourselves taking long, hard looks at vultures trying, just trying to make hawks out of them. But of course, in the end we have to admit that they are only vultures.

White-Breasted Nuthatch at Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch in New Jersey

White-Breasted Nuthatch

There is still hope for excitement, of course, because this is the time of year that the golden eagles pass through. They are a rare sight and if we should see one this year, it will be an event. If we should see two or more, then it would be the perfect ending to the record breaking season.

Downy Woodpecker at the Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch

Downy Woodpecker

So in the meantime, while I wallow in my denial, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the autumn weather. The leaves have turned now and the temperature has dropped. The heat and humidity of August are far behind us. In its place are the amazing cool, dry days of October. A blanket of autumn color is stretched out below us in the valley and the small song birds are entertaining us in the nearby bushes. This is the time of season when the photographic possibilities exist while standing with backs turned to the valley rather than toward it. This is the time of season when the autumn song birds flit among the colored leaves and the bare branches, taunting those of us holding cameras. It is autumn as it should be. It is the reason why I spend the rest of the year looking forward to these precious months of autumn.

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