THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
So, we’re kayaking on really large, quiet lake on a hot summer day. Having been there so many times, taking photos of wildlife, this time I secretly wished I would finally see an eagle – since so many people have told me of sitings there for years. Just once, I wished that day. I’d like to be close enough to a real eagle. I’ve taken photos of blue herons, ospreys, crows, wrens… even a deer swimming across the lake, but never an eagle.
Paddling along the water under the hot sun, we came across a guy resting in his kayak in one of the few patches of shade. As we passed and said hello, he started to talk about seeing eagles on the lake a few hours ago. So we pulled our kayak beside his and listened to his stories about all his eagle sightings over the years.
I didn’t want to appear jealous or frustrated, but I really wanted to see just one eagle myself. I heard they were huge and incredible. I’d even settle for one flying in the distance.
As we were talking, or he was still talking, my friend pointed a finger upward and signaled not to make another sound. There, balancing on a limb just a few feet overhead was a huge, magnificent eagle.
He looked down at us as if to say, “Happy now?” Indeed I was. He remained there for a long time so I could take lots of pictures to remind me that wishes can be heard and come true. Now if I could just have that trip around the world I’ve been wishing for….