The Visual West -- Image 8


This male American Kestrel took off before I could take a decent shot -- but I love the blurred movement  anyway. It reminds me of how mercurial  a March day can be, when a sunny morning gives way to afternoon snow showers, which clears to a star-studded night. The birds and other wildlife are as restless as the weather. In recent days I've watched lusty golden eagles spiraling up until they look  no bigger than a sparrow, and then, wings folded, plummet like arrows toward the ground in a ritual mating game. The elk herds that have hung out in our valley all winter have vanished, moving to higher ground as the snows melt.  This bull, however, was in no hurry; he and a few of his buddies soaked up the last rays of an early March sun in a rancher's hayfield outside Hotchkiss, Colorado.

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Paul Larmer, the executive director of High Country News, lives in Western Colorado.




Robert M Copeland
Robert M Copeland Subscriber
Mar 09, 2011 11:24 AM
Nice shot! Spring weather (and late winter) can be mercurial indeed. My father used to love to quote Robert Frost on this subject: "The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out and the wind is still, You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, A cloud comes over the sunlit arch, A wind comes off the frozen peak, And you're two months back in the middle of March."