My husband and I went to a state park Paynes Prairie. There are wild horses there, bison, deer, and everything else under the sun. My only hope was to see a bald eagle. I used to bring my daughter here when I could drive the distance and we would hike the trails and look at the horses and bison.
Right as we got there I saw a family of deer. My husband pulled over so I could go and talk with them. I wondered if only the deer on the prairie near our house had deer that let me walk up to them. Appears the deer here let me get close too. I will attach a video.
I knew most of the area would not be wheelchair accessible. Thankfully there was a path to the observatory that looks over the prairie. There are many stairs that go up.
They are very steep. I took one look. Then he said, come on. And hoisted me up and hauled me up those stairs. Going up was not an issue. He just powered up them with me in his arms. Coming down the stairs was another story. I closed my eyes!
Look at the reward…
There were no bison or horses but the view was magnificent and the little lady bug that joined us was very welcomed!!!
We went back to the car and decided to go down to the lake on the prairie where some campers camp. The lake was beautiful. On the way a man showed me an eagles nest! He said they can weigh up to 500 lbs. He said he had been coming back to see the eagle but she was never there.
The nest was wayyy at the top.
Along the path was a lot of marshy areas and beautiful trees. I stopped about a million times. I love my husband’s patience with everything I stop to look at.
Then came the sunset. We patiently waited the 45 minutes. I watched on a boardwalk/dock over the water at a duck and some other birds that were flying by.
My husband snuck in a picture of my profile looking at the sunset.
And…While I was watching this bird…I almost missed another…
I almost missed the bald eagle.
At the tip top of a tree there he was. I asked a few people that passed us, ” Is that a bald eagle?” They said it was and they had been watching it for awhile. My camera could not zooom in enough but my husband took one with his phone and zoomed in and sure enough it was a bald eagle. I have seen one in my life. What a blessing is this!!!!!!
It was getting dark so that’s the best I could do for photographs. He was beautiful.
We stayed until he flew away.
On our way out a deer stopped in front of our car.
A little info from Wikipedia
“The prairie became the stronghold of the Alachua band of the Seminole tribe under chief Ahaya the Cowkeeper by the mid-1700s. The Seminole town of Cuscowilla was located near modern Micanopy, Florida. In 1776 the area, then known as Alachua Savannah, was visited by William Bartram who noted in his book, “Bartram’s Travels“, that it was used as grazing ground by the local Seminole.
By the 1790s, Cuscowilla had been relocated to a site east of Lake Wauburg and become known as Paynes Town. The town and the surrounding prairie was named for the Cowkeeper’s eldest surviving son, Payne. Paynes Town was destroyed by Tennessee Volunteers in 1813. Fort Tarver and Ford Crane were both located in Paynes Prairie during the Second Seminole War.”