Cornfield Meet

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Father’s Day/Summer Solstice

Happy Father’s Day: There’s still a fair amount of daylight left.

We went camping this weekend, so I missed a day documenting my semi-adopted trio‘s development. Because we were in a rush Friday morning (June 19), I managed only this lousy picture, forgetting to switch the camera to close-up mode:

Dont bother clicking. It wont help.

Don't bother clicking. It won't help.

I’m including it here for the sake of completeness and because even as blurry as it is, you can still definitely see more of the dark areas where the wing feathers are developing and along their little backbones too. They almost look like, you know, birds.

So we got back today and their mom is clearly sitting higher up in the nest, and I remembered to set the camera in the correct mode, and I got this shot, which is easily my favorite so far:

Youre missing out if you dont click to look at the bigger version. Seriously.

You're missing out if you don't click to look at the bigger version. Seriously.

I was ecstatic at how well this one came out, and honestly, even the largest Flickr version is far smaller than the original and doesn’t quite reveal the level of detail. Here’s a cropped close-up:

Get even closer by clicking on the image.

Get even closer by clicking on the image.

The little toe peeking out there; the developing feather tips just emerging – honestly, this is just amazing to me. Less than a week ago, this bird was curled up in a space about the size of the tip joint of my index finger.

It’s now 8:35 p.m. EST on June 21, 2009 and I can still see the sun just over the top of the neighbors’ garage. it will be light for awhile yet, and though I’ve seen a lot of summers pass on this street, right this second, the air smells like grass and lightning bugs and suspended time.

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June 21, 2009 - Posted by | Current Affairs, geek, Ohio, photos | , , , , , , , ,

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