Last month I drove to a state park that is a few miles from my house and started walking on one of the trails. I ended up off of the trail and in the woods. After losing track of time I realized that there was a storm brewing and it was starting to get late. Instead of going back the same rough way, I gambled by circling around. The weather grew worse, the light was fading and I was getting worried about my camera as I heard the thunder in the distance. Just as I was about to put the camera into it's bag I heard the sound of very large wings fluttering next to me. With out giving it much thought I whipped around and snapped a picture of this raptor as it flew from it's perch.
I'm happy to say that I made to the car before it started raining, and by the time I got home it was pouring.
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