One of the best parts of pet sitting besides caring for the pets is being able to stay in different locations. Where I am currently residing is a lovely place on the river. It is fairly secluded and spectacularly dark at night. No light pollution. Resulting in being able to see many more stars than I can usually see at home. It took my breath away tonight when I got out of the car. I could see the stars and constellations I have been trying to learn that I am unable to see at home due to light. I could not look too long as I had to go inside to get the dogs for a walk. We all came outside in time to see a meteor streak across the sky. I was elated. The dogs were not impressed. The meteor broke up into three streaks. I stayed outside with the dogs for about twenty minutes-for once they were ready to come in before me but they humored me. Some dogs enjoy hanging out star gazing more than others. I love looking at the stars-very meditative.
While driving down the Oxford Road this afternoon heading to work a flurry of wings caught my eye. I assumed it was two turkey vultures in the large puddle in a field left by the rain. To my surprise it was a mature bald eagle and a second year bald eagle bathing in the puddle. If I had a better camera than what I have on my iPhone I would have pulled over to grab a quick shot. They were so close to the road and I felt like I made eye contact with the adult bald eagle as I passed but that may be wishful thinking on my part. Even though we have one of the largest bald eagle populations in the US south of Alaska (I think a couple of states may have more than Maryland) it is always an experience to see an eagle. It is for me anyhow.