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A New Appreciation for TV

August 8, 2011

And by TV, I mean Turkey Vultures (obviously). I’m usually quite indifferent to the hawk family in general — they’re big, bold, unambiguously ugly. Instant turnoff for me, to be honest. But this weekend, we were up in Creemore Ontario, and maybe it was because my sister was getting married, or maybe because the weather was perfect, or maybe because I was in such a mood where almost anything could be rendered sublime — I fell in love with Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura). As we drove along the gravel concession road en route to the gorgeous Creemore farm — and to top it off, the weather man had completely underestimated the perfect beauty of the day, calling for a 90% chance of rain, and he was *completely wrong*, since the day was gorgeous and stunning from start to finish — a fabulous Turkey Vulture swept down to the ground (I don’t envy his prey) and I was mesmerized by the bird’s wingspan and the fierce determination of its flight, which I caught in slow-motion.

Usually I’m put off by the Turkey Vulture’s unsightly, raw-looking physiognomy, but this weekend the whole sighting felt magical. TVs are common birds here in and around Southern Ontario — there is nothing exotic about them whatsoever. And yet, I stopped the car and couldn’t stop staring. It was the first of a constellation of events that day that nearly brought me to tears.

The wedding was… beautiful. The bride was perfect and the groom ecstatic. The food was delicious, the company was lovely, the music — performed by the bride and groom’s friends and family — made me cry, and the short speeches/poems were hilarious. The evening went on late into the night — we danced until our feet hurt, and went to sleep in a daze. I must say, it was the wedding to end all weddings.

We left Creemore after a delightful stop at the 100 mile store and drove home with two pounds of glorious Hockley Valley Coffee, which happens to be my new favorite kind of coffee. Bird friendly, shade-grown, fair traded, chocolaty-tasting coffee, farmed by a certain Betty Hannstein Adams, to whom I am eternally grateful.

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  1. August 8, 2011 12:18 pm

    The TV is largely underappreciated, true. I feel I should point out, however, that though they are sometimes considered raptors, they are not exactly violent; their “prey” being carrion having already met its fate.

    • August 8, 2011 1:03 pm

      So true! Thanks for pointing that out. I think it’s their velocity and the way they sweep down to the ground that makes me think they’re out to do some serious damage!

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