–by G.K. Sydney (photos and column)
“When an eagle appears, you are on notice to be courageous and stretch your limits. Do not accept the status quo, but rather reach higher and become more than you believe you are capable of. Look at things from a new, higher perspective. Be patient with the present; know that the future holds possibilities that you may not yet be able to see. You are about to take flight.”
-Trish Philips, Pure Spirit, Animal Communications and Behaviour Solutions
When a person first comes to Sooke or to Vancouver Island for that matter, one of the things they first notice is the eagles. Not that there aren’t eagles in other places in Canada, but here, they’re part of the landscape. They’re residents. They’re family.
And when you go kayaking and come face to face with one, it’s really something.
That was our experience last week, and what an experience it was. A magnificent eagle took us on a journey that we’ll never forget. Read on.
First, he appeared IN THE WATER right in front of our boat. That’s right, he (she?) was in the water just as we rounded a corner. Swimming. Huh, didn’t know that was possible.
Then, he proceeded to show us how it’s done by leaping, flying and scrambling onto a tall rock right in front of us. Here’s my dinner, folks, so there!
Then with a good look around and without further ado, the main course began.
And finally, still directly in front of our now completely silent and still kayak, he proceeded to show us what he was really made of. Wow, what a thrill!
So, you might ask, why am I telling you this? Well, I guess there’s no particular reason other than to share all this beauty and amazing nature. To have you revel in this experience with me. To celebrate the good among the difficult things we sometimes have to witness or experience. Let’s look upon this eagle is a sign of hope. A sign of peace. A sign that says “Go on.”
Let’s do it together, Sooke.
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