1 Year of Track Much!

Hey everybody! I haven’t posted much lately, but I’m gonna try to fit a few posts in before the end of the school year. I plan to write a lot in the summer and I’m super pumped! I just don’t have much time nowadays 🙂 . However, as you know from the title, today is the 1st anniversary of Track Much!

I wrote a story for my school and I wanted to share it with y’all. Seemed fitting for a 1 year anniversary. Hope you like it ;).


 

Owl Eyes

As you walk through the forest, quite happy and enjoying your midday hike, you decide to take a break. Sitting on the moss covered banks listening to the bubbling and burbling whispers of the creek in the joyous season of spring, you munch on an apple, taking in all the beauty of the woods that surrounds you for miles. After a pleasant and relaxing rest, you continue on your journey through the blossoming trees.

After stumbling onto a coyote, a buck, a newt, and making many other exciting discoveries, you realize it is getting late in the day. As you walk along the well worn deer trail towards home, you have the eerie feeling that you are being watched. Taking a peek around your shoulder and looking down the trail, you don’t see anything. You continue on your way.

With only one more mile of trail to walk, again, you get that creepy feeling that you are being spied on. Looking around, up, and even below, you don’t see anything except a tiny, brown spider. Surely I’m not freaking out because a SPIDER was… Woosh! You never finish your thought. As you hear the beating of wings behind you, you scream and stumble down the trail, tripping on a small stone in the process.

Lying there on the ground, you turn to see an owl that seems larger than even the surrounding oak trees, eerily sitting on a tree branch. He watches your every breath with his large, orange-glazed eyes. The owl’s presence alone demands authority, let alone his intense glare. Along with his fierce gaze, his gray speckled, rusty red and blond coat seem to present a challenge. As he stares, you feel like he is trying to tell you something. Move off the trail. You decide to do so.

Hiding yourself behind a tangle of branches and brush, you cover any other visible pieces of clothing with leaves and wait. Crunch, crunch, crunch. You hear someone coming, destroying the dry leaves of fall with his heavy and sluggish footsteps. Straining your neck to get a view of the approaching person, he suddenly comes into view. With his heavy gear, he tromps and plows through the terrain, eager to arrive at his camping destination. Stirring up the landscape, he is blind to all the natural beauty around him; after all, his objective is to get from Point A to Point B. Speedily moving along his way, he hustles right under the owl, not even noticing his powerful, feathery presence. As he treads down the trail a while more, the owl screams his reprimand. Screeeeech!!! Pausing to listen, the hiker tries to spot the owl. Failing to locate the origin of the sound, he shrugs it off, “Stupid birds…” He continues down the trail in the pit of his own arrogance.

Exiting your hiding spot, you steal one more glance at the owl.  Behind that fierce wall of feathers, lies a very wise being: the guardian of the forest. A guardian that does not take kindly to unruly and disrespectful trespassers. You give a small nod of thanks and leave the forest to ponder the amazing event you have just witnessed.


 

 

Keep calm and track on!

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P. 4. S. – 5

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There is a reason why I waited so long to do this. As you can see above, there is snow!! I could just feel it in my bones that something extraordinary would happen soon, and turns out, it did. Snow. In Georgia!!

The Bald Eagle: Greatness Unveiled

Hey everybody! Yesterday, me and my dad and my brother went over to the Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan, Georgia, and we went Geocaching, exploring and even saw, the national bird of America!

I have to say, from the second we arrived, our park ranger was nice. Shout out to Jade, if you’re reading this, for an awesome experience at the Chattahoochee! Definitely gonna have to come back!

First we went Geocaching, and that was a TON of fun! Then, we went to go find a bald eagle nest, which was currently unknown as to whether or not it was active.

Turns out, as we arrived, there was nothing in the nest. Although we all agreed it would’ve been cool to see the bird, the nest alone was worth the hike! Then we saw it.

Not more than 30 feet away from the nest was a bird. A large bird, one with a head white as the clouds and a body the color of dirt, perched on a crooked branch above everything else, as if saying, “Hey, look at me! I’m the majestic Bald Eagle!”

As we saw it, my brother remembered he had the binoculars, looked and saw it, and then passed it around. After I looked at it one last time after my dad, the eagle decided to move. As he took off, I expected him to rip that tree he was perched on out of the ground, snatching it in one crooked talon as he flew off in the sky. Very good medicine, and definitely a sparkle of happiness from the Lord!

Although I was unable to shoot a shot of the bird, I was able to use my binoculars, balance them, and angle my phone so that it would take a picture of the nest.

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These picture make it look small, but it was MASSIVE!! Probably 10 to 15 feet across.  I’ve contacted the State Park to let them know that it is an active nest, so I’m waiting to hear back from them.

For some of my international viewers, just in case you don’t know what a bald eagle looks like, here it is. 🙂

I can now log that into my birding journal for a bird I’ve seen. What a joy!

Keep calm and track on!

A Halloween post – Migrating Raptors

Hey everybody! I hope everyone is having a swell Saturday, because I have a lucky sight I saw yesterday…

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Now, some of you might have (err… Probably did) figure out what this picture is. This photo was taken with my phone, so it isn’t the greatest quality (no phones have good quality when zoomed 🙂 ), but nevertheless, I was able to capture the moment. It is, no joke, hundreds of raptors called turkey vultures 😀 migrating south!! HUNDREDS!!!! I wasn’t able to capture all of the birds in one picture, so there were hundreds more that I didn’t get.

You may be thinking this is some super rare moment I got to witness. Nope! It is a common sight every fall!! Yup, you heard (read) me! You literally can witness this same event yourself! I live in Georgia where I saw them, so you may not be able to see this if you live more north.

There was an article published recently on Cool Green Science that told of hundreds to thousands of raptors that would be migrating. I am very blessed to have witnessed this event.

As you guys have probably noticed, I haven’t posted as frequently as I usually do. With basketball season starting up, I barely have time to get in the woods. Obviously then, posts will definitely be slowing down until the end of January, which actually works kinda good because I can’t go in the woods during deer hunting season anyways 😀 .

I am introducing today a word that is very good, on a day that is very bad. I would call this event “good medicine.” It is an Apache Indian term that, besides it’s obvious meaning of something good or beneficial, means an event so remarkable that anyone who wasn’t there to witness it themselves can only help but comment on it. It is an event so great, that it is more than just the ordinary beauty of the world. It is also any mystery, no matter how small or large, that when solved, opens up to even more new, larger mysteries. There is absolutely nothing weird or spiritual about it. It is simply another word for amazing, wonderful, or remarkable, except it’s an Indian word. The Apache also say that it is a sign of favor from God. I believe that, although I don’t think it probably necessarily applies to every single situation.

Keep calm and track on!