I drove to Spring Creek Forest, a bike and hike park (emphasis on bike) through a wetlands forest. I saw this little fellow:
who was cute as a button. His curious nature let me get quite close before his caution took over. I also saw a hawk--a red-shouldered hawk, I believe, though I am unreliable on raptors--who eyed me as I eyed him. He was perhaps not full grown, but a lovely specimen. He was on a high branch for a long time, and then he flew away.
The news is filled with unrest in the Middle East--first Tunisia, then Yemen, and this week, Egypt. The sci-fi power of the internet and social media has shown itself. I wish there were a way for these countries to become stable, democratic, free and just.