It was a drizzly, overcast day in late April. I was focused on the nest about 50 feet in front of me, when this one swooped in to the top of a Ponderosa Pine, about 40 feet to my left. It only stayed there for about a minute before flying to the nest.
I spent about 90 minutes at this nesting site. It was cool and windy, punctuated by drizzle and occasional sun breaks, with the sweet scent of pines and sagebrush rising from the forest.
There's a fast flowing mountain stream about 1/10 of a mile away, and 100 feet below the nesting site.
The light, combined with overcast skies make this image feel more like a painting as opposed to a photograph.
Wishing you the "Peace of Light".