Two Trees, Many Rocks, and A Flag

Two oak trees on a hill
A beautiful day at the end of the north fork of San Antonio Road, Petaluma California.

Shade Tree

Shade Tree with cattle
Shade on a hot day. I St Extension, Petaluma California.

All Leading to a resting cow

resting cow, oak tree and gully on a hillside
At the end of San Antonio Road in Petaluma California.

Resting

tree bent over
A California live oak tree bent over against a golden field of grass.

Bringing a Small Fish Home

Osprey flying with fish to nest
The osprey parent is bringing a fish for its fledgling to practice carrying. The fish is small complete with its head. My last posting had the fledgling flying above the nest with the fish in its talons.

Learning to fly with a fish

Trying to fly
This fledgling osprey has picked up the fish that its mother has dropped in the nest and trying to fly with it – all part of the learning process.

Here’s Looking at You

3 osprey sitting in their nest
Father and two fledglings osprey in their nest.

Testing its wings

Osprey fledgling testing its wings
This fledgling osprey is testing its wings. They are getting closer to flying. I took this 7-14-2022.

Both Kicking

Cowboy having fallen off bucking bull.
Russian River Rodeo

Trampled

Horse bucking and potentially trampling its rider
It appears that this cowboy is going to get trampled by the bucking bronco he had just been trying to ride. Russian River Rodeo.

Preparing to Ride

Preparing to ride a bronco
This cowboy with a tie is preparing to ride this bronco. Russian River Rodeo

Landing

Osprey landing
This osprey is landing into the wind. By spreading its wings, it creates drag to slow down. Too much drag would make it suddenly drop. So, it opens its wing feathers to allow enough air to pass through to land correctly.

Bringing a Fish

Osprey flying in with a fish
These osprey eyases are growing in size and hunger. One of the eyases seems to be expressing need when seeing its father landing with a fish in its talons.

A Well trained horse

Horse comes to a stop as part of calf roping.
After roping the calf, this cowboy’s horse has come to a complete stop. This allows the rope that is connected to the calf to become taut. The cowboy can then capture, flip over the calf and tie its legs together in a minimal time.

Still Competing

barrel racing
This cowgirl is 72 years old and still competing in barrel racing at the Russian River Rodeo. Looking closely, it appears that the horse is blind in its left eye.

Determination

bucking bronco
This cowboy is determined to stay on this bucking bronco for the required 8 seconds to qualify for prize money and a belt buckle. Unfortunately, he did not make it. Taken at the Russian River Rodeo

Get Off My Back

Cowboy in suit and tie riding a bucking bronco.
A cowboy is trying to stay on this bucking bronco. The rider is trying to bring back a tradition of dressing in a coat and tie while riding the horse. The announcer at the Russian River Rodeo stated that when rodeos began, riders dressed formally in suits and ties. On another note, this rider qualified for winning money and a belt buckle by staying on the mandatory 8 seconds.

Team Roping

Rodeo team calf roping contest
Two cowboys are teaming together to rope this calf. One has already lassoed the horns, and his partner is attempting to lasso one of the calf’s rear legs. This is a timed competition.

Growing

This eyas osprey is growing rapidly. The other eyas is under the shade of its parent. I took this photo at Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA.

Leaving the Nest with Two Watching

Osprey flying from the nest while to babies look on.
Two eyases have their heads down, and all we can see is their eyes peeking out from the nest. I took this at Sonoma Lake, Sonoma County, CA.
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