Hawk, Hawk, Goose


Beauty, OH! I think, whenever I spot one of these rough-legged hawks (genus buteo). Elegant, soft-eyed and named for the insulating feathers that stretch to their toes, they winter here in NW Washington. Every year I camera-hunt them on the Skagit Flats, where I find them hovering over vole-rich fields, their faces to the wind, or perched, studying the ground.

Spring will find them back in the arctic (with all those snow geese), where they’ll bring lemmings to nests of up to seven waiting eyases.

On rough-legs?

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

—John 16:33



“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you . . .”

—1 Peter 5:5-6


When you come up empty.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

2 Chronicles 15:7


Silly goose?

(Snow goose, trailing a flock of hundreds.)

“How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit,

why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?”


Thanks for stopping by, friends. So glad you’re here. 🧡

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks


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Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

2 thoughts on “Hawk, Hawk, Goose

  1. My Saturday Morning Is Complete Now.
    Your Thoughts And Pictures and The Scriptures , Are Oh So Welcome.
    Thanks 😘 Joni

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