Magnificent Eagles and Other Things to Be Grateful For

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“Symbolically, the eagle rides on the winds of change, telling us that it’s time to gather all of our strength, courage, patience, and wisdom in preparation for life changes and transformations. He tells us to be courageous and to reach beyond previous limits. He challenges us to match his great vision (the eagle eye) and see objectives clearly from all sides. And, he reminds us that when change is imminent there are only two choices: to be the eagle or become its prey. In other words, adapt to change or let it consume you. Apropos during these trying times. Be the eagle.” ~Roni Jenkins (video and photos by Roni Jenkins)

While these are trying times, it is especially important to find things to be grateful for. Having the chance to get outside and take a walk, or just sit and listen to the sounds of nature right now is pure joy. The signs of spring and renewal are everywhere, with the daffodils and early spring flowers in bloom and the trees are starting to bloom.  And the birds! On my, with a lot less noise around the sounds of their chirping is truly a symphony.

I feel very blessed to live in the suburbs, on a quiet street in normal times, and even more so now. And yesterday, I was out on my deck and perched at the top of a very tall tree was this magnificent eagle.  We have seen him in the past, usually in the summer, and there he was in all his glory. And he was calling out in a high pitch warble, and about 40 minutes later, to our amazement and delight, another eagle (we are assuming his mate) came swooping in and landed on another tree top branch.  She didn’t stay long – perhaps she had to return to the babies, but it was a thrill.

We hope you too are finding things to be grateful for, and while you may not spot an eagle, there is beauty all around. Cherish it my friends. 


  • Cheryl Benton

    The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more.

6 Responses

  1. Ellen Easton says:

    Absolutely sensational and a marvel to see these magnificent Eagles in a natural habitat. Thanks for capturing these glorious birds in real time. Uplifting and a sign of hope that we too, as a people, shall rise together once again. Ellen Easton

  2. Ellen Seymour says:

    Thanks Roni for capturing the sight and sound of this magnificent bird; something few of us have ever seen in nature.

    • Roni Jenkins says:

      I was very lucky to be speaking to my Mom on the phone at the time. We live close by and I said I need to come by and hopefully it will still be there. How lucky was I?

  3. My dream is to see one or two in my neck of the woods as well. So exciting that you got to experience their wonder and beauty.

    • Roni Jenkins says:

      Hopefully, they are making a comeback and you will get to see one or two also. I know on Long Island there is even a Facebook page set up for a pair of Eagle from Centerport.

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