Even a home constructed on a solid foundation can be susceptible to the catastrophic and destructive forces brought on by a powerful hurricane. Such was the case with the nest of the mating pair of American Bald Eagles at this location, as exactly eight months to the day that this photo was taken, Hurricane Sandy (10/22/12) brought down the pine tree on which their nest was situated. Located about halfway up a steep mountainside overlooking an Interstate highway, the tree’s roots were becoming increasingly exposed and weakened over the years by water run off from rains and snow. On top of that, the weight of the nest increased each year due to new nesting material being added. The combination of erosion and added weight was too much for the tree to handle, and Hurricane Sandy was the final “blow” in it’s ultimate downfall. Seen in this photo is a close-up of one of the mating pair flying back to the nest. It is one of many which I took on that cold and blustery day. Little did I know at the time that these would be the last photos which I would take of the mating pair of American Bald Eagles at that location. Thanks for the memories!!