June 24, 2010

Blog Header - June 20, 2010

I took the photo for this blog header this past Saturday at the 2nd Annual Front Royal Celtic Festival. I’ll try to post a bit about this fun event soon. But for now, this falcon was one of the attendees—and he is totally awesome.


  1. I don't know what kind of bird this is, but it reminded me of an adventure book you might like if you ever get a chance to read it. (Might have to get it through Inter-library loan.) It's called _The Island of Sheep_ by Buchan. It's set somewhere around the year 1930 (I think) in England, Scotland, and some islands up north of Scotland. Features a boy who is _deeply_ into falconry. Very exciting book. Bad guys, good guys, hopeless last stands, disguises. (I'm starting to sound like the father in _The Princess Bride_.)

    One warning: Whatever you do, don't buy the copy "in print" from Amazon. It's a bad scan with no editing and very confusing as a result. It contains weird words like "the Bland of Sheep" for "The Island of Sheep" or "domes" for "clothes" where the software made a guess from a scan and no one corrected it.

    But your local library should be able to find you a copy to read. I think you would like it, and David might like it, too.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation, Lydia, I'll try to find the book. It sounds like a good one. And, yes, you sounded like the uncle from Princess Bride (there was no father, which really troubled me when I read it in high school - I just assumed he was away at work while the uncle read to the boy, but my sister was determined that the father had been killed by marauding circus performers).

    There were two falcons at this event and I was able to get within a couple of feet of them to take their pictures. They weren't at all afraid of people.


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