I noticed The Dish was open again on Saturday and we decided to take a walk around yesterday to see what devastation the fires caused. The good news is that the fires didn't spread too far, the bad news is that the area will bear a dark scar for a while. I think I'll use my observations and photos from that walk for my second entry in my article series, so stay tuned.
Now, about that photo above. There's a funny story about that...
My family (my wife, son, and daughter) were walking on the path when my wife pointed at a big brown bird and the following conversation occurred:
Her: "Hey look." [quietly, while jabbing my shoulder] "A chicken... No, a rooster."
Me: "A turkey!" [pause] "A turkey vulture!"[much laughing]
Me: "A chicken vulture!"[more laughing, maybe we were just lightheaded from the walk]
During this conversation, I happened to have my 70-200mm reading and on the camera, so I managed to fire off a few shots before the
The lighting and my angle wasn't ideal. The conversation (and the timing of the conversation) was hilarious.
Oh, and this is what it looks like when a turkey vulture flies away.
For as big (and fat) as it looked on the ground, it was very graceful in the air. I can only assume it was in the area looking for toasted animals from the fire.