What do you do when you don't want to go Christmas shopping or get on any interstate highway full of crazed holiday travelers? You go wander the backroads of the North Carolina foothills even though the skies are overcast, the trees leafless and the vegetation brown. Nothing much to see, but at least you are out and about.
I saw this red-shouldered hawk on US Highway 21 just outside of Mocksville on an utility line. He posed for pictures until he decided he was tired of the whole deal and took off.