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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reston Lakes: Gone to the Birds

Our Facebook BFFs at the Reston Association shared two photos of unusual activity on Reston's lakes this week.

Yes, that's a bald eagle basking on Lake Thoreau, a symbol of majesty, grandeur, and appropriate use of earth tones. Nice russet brown plumage!

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And this, of course, is some dodo.

This dude is apparently pushing a snowblower across a frozen Lake Audobon. Beyond the obvious danger of pushing a 50-pound piece of equipment across a thin sheet of ice -- which the RA seems to frown upon for some strange reason -- there's another question: what's the point of blowing a thin coating of snow off an equally thin coating of ice? Is it obscuring his view of some sunken treasure?

Update: Our BFFs at Patch posted a lovely photo of someone playing ice hockey on a lake. Could our friend above, as one of our commenters suggested, be using his snowblower as a zamboni? Depending on how thick that ice wound up being, we may never know.


  1. Just Bought A Particleboard MansionJanuary 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Perhaps the snowblowing dodo wants to "Skate on thin ice" but the snow was getting in his way?

  2. Du-uh, he wants to play ice hockey and is using it as a mini-zamboni! No imagination, Restonian!

    That Eagle is a truly great shot though.

    And by the way, did you read the article on the Tree Police in Takoma Park today in the Washington Compost? Not too different from what we face in Reston when we want to use solar power (clean and green) but need to cut back some of the trees to do so.

  3. He's trying to prove that Darwin was unrealistically pessimistic by anecdote.

  4. Coult it be a prophesy? Like the German chephlapod? Superbowl? Nah! Too late.

  5. chephalopod. Sorry.

  6. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonJanuary 14, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Given the particulars of the legendary South Lakes ABC burglary and the ensuing Great Canoe Chase, perhaps we can conclude that dodo was looking for the Wild Turkey left by bird-brain Wren.

    Just saying.


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