Thursday, February 19, 2009

Turkeydactls in Berkeley?


This was a week or two ago, but I finally captured my photos. Even though digital is so easy compared to film, I still have to read them in, use The Rename to change the filename to date and time, and then Photoshop one copy to my web_sized_photo folder. All I can show is the bench where the following occurred. You have to fill in the birds.

I was out doing my usual long distance training hike, our house to Huckleberry Reserve, to Sibley Regional Park, to the Tilden Train station and back again. About 10 miles. Anyway, as you near the Tilden end, there is a bench just off the trail, where you can sit and look at miles of rolling hills, at least until the Orinda housing project completes. This time, as the bench came into sight, about 40 feet away, there was a large flock of turkeys around the trail and bench - 35 to 40 of them. I slowed down, and got to within about 20 feet and they all took off - fifty feet off the ground immediately and then flapped and then glided, silhouetted against the distant sky, and well over 200 feet above the canyon. The view of these huge birds against the distant horizon, was just like those old movies where the prehistoric valley is discovered, and the huge meat eating birds swoop thru the air, looking for prey. An aside, we've been getting some unattributed taking of blog content so inserting © 2009 backpack45.com

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