Eagle Cams: Here, There, Everywhere!

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U.S. Arboretum Nest Cam, April 7, 2018 © 2018 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG

It’s eagle hatching season! I learned about the eagle cams at the U.S. National Arboretum a couple of years ago, and have really enjoyed watching them in the spring seasons since.

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Walk Like a Camel

IMG_9248People walk for a variety of reasons, although in general, probably not as often as they should. There’s the walking that has to be done, the type we take for granted and hardly even notice. There’s walking for exercise or leisure – think of a good long hike that really gets the blood pumping, or a stroll on the beach whose intended effect is the opposite.

In his essay “Walking,” Thoreau describes what he calls the “art” of walking:

“I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of talking walks,–who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering, which word is beautifully derived ‘from idle people who roved the country, in the Middle Ages, and asked charity, under pretense of going a la Sainte Terre,’ to the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, ‘There goes a Sainte-Terrer,’ a Saunterer, a Holy-Lander.

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National Park Webcams

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From Glacier National Park, the Lake McDonald webcam, March 27, 2015

Before we went to Glacier in Montana last summer, I was already poring over webcam images featured on the park’s NPS website. Traveling there increased the frequency of my habit. Now, when I open one of my internet browsers, my home page is the Glacier webcam site. Some days, I’ll check it several times, just because. As a result, I’ve got a wide variety of webcam images saved on my computer. Each one is fascinating in its own way, and sometimes I have to stop myself from saving every one I see.

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Compare, for example, this webcam image from December 11, 2014, to the one above. Then, take a look at the one below to see what the lake looks like when it isn’t reflecting the entire world.
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September 5, 2014

Luckily, NPS makes it easy for anyone to develop this habit through a consolidated list of their park webcams.

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When Nature Looks Back

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You looking at me? A squirrel on the Scenic Point trail, Glacier National Park, July 2014.

Sometimes, no walking is needed to become more aware of the world around you. All it takes is keen observation. And sometimes, this observation goes both ways. In his book Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon says, “It’s a curious sensation when nature looks back.”

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