About the words: They speak for themselves. In the context of the literary genius, Edward Abbey‚ his great work in the inexhaustible realm of writings about nature, conservation, and sustainability, he has no equal. His declarations of naked truth and heart-felt aspirations are too high and too radical for many people. Therefore, I felt it fitting to place the symbol of a red-tailed hawk flying free with a white-winged dove in her talons overhead. To me, it says that with peace there is no progress. Sometimes we have to tear down in order to rebuild for a more perfect world, and it's only actions that do that.
About the picture: This is a red-tailed hawk (Buteo Jamaicus) who just left a nice perch atop a telephone pole with his take-out lunch ‚Äî a white-winged dove evidently. Rabbits and rodents represent about 80% of the diet of red-tailed hawks in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When they kill birds, which is not often, it‚Äôs because there must be a lot of them, and there were! Yet for the past two decades or so, my land has a well-documented history of red-tailed hawks getting along with birds - especially doves. I just made a video all about this which you can see on my waywardmuse YouTube channel - Sonoran Desert Wildlife & More, here:
I am not a professional photographer and never aim to be. I‚Äôm a visual media artist who‚Äôs specialty began in videography long before experimenting with digital photographs. Due to a major brain injury and disability which wreaked havoc on my short-term memory, I cannot use DSLRs for good action shots because of the complexity. What I can do, however, is pick out still frames from any good video footage I get. That‚Äôs what this is. It was during morning and I was facing east, so it was back-lit to some degree. Then even after a little clean-up, it looked like it still needed something, so I put a little black frame around it for accent. I picked this frame for the unusual spread of the wings. It‚Äôs not your typical profile of a flying raptor with prey. Originality out-weighs convention every time in my book. I hope you agree!
April 15th, 2020
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