Moment of Silence


Star Tribune: Photo of bald eagle perched on gravestone at Fort Snelling, MN touches hearts

What’s it like out?

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Source: Your Eyes Blaze Out

Take a moment

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Source: Alan ShapiroPaying Respects to our fallen heroes on Veteran’s Day (via milsotherapy)

There’s the eagle’s world, and there is mine. Let’s Fly.

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As I watch the eagle rise above the bay, I let myself drift out beyond an edge, as though I were moving across the edge of sleep…I am filled with the same disdainful surge that releases him from his perch, feel the strain of air trapped in the hollows of his wings…The eagle sweeps away in great, lazy arcs, drifts against the corniced peaks, and soars up toward the smooth layer of cloud…At three thousand feet, the feathered sails flex and shake against a torrent of wind…I can feel the lash of gusts as the eagle planes above the mountain, gaze through his eyes at the fissured, snow-laden peak, and share the craving that draws him more deeply into the island’s loneliness…I have flown, however artificially, and have looked down over the island and the strait. But I can never know what the eagle sees with those blazing eyes, what are the shapes of mountains and shores amid the maze of detail that leaps into his brain.

There is the eagle’s world, and there is mine, sealed beyond reach within our selves. But despite these insuperable differences, we are also one, caught in the same fixed gaze that contains us. We see the earth differently, but we see the same earth. We breathe the same air and feel the same wind, drink the same water and eat the same meat. We share common membership in the same community and are subject to the same absolutes. In this sense, the way we receive what surrounds us is irrelevant: I have the eagle’s eyes and the eagle has mine.

~ Richard Nelson, The Island Within

Notes:

Every stub. Every whisker. Every mole. Every freckle. Every eyelash.

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The bird cranes his head down to watch me, so the plumage on his neck fluffs out. HIs head is narrow, pinched, tightly feathered; his eyes are silver-gold, astringent, and stare forward along the curved scythe of his beak. Burned into each eye is a constricted black pupil, like the tightly strung arrow of a crossbow aimed straight toward me. What does the eagle see when he looks at me, this bird who can spot a herring’s flash in the water a quarter-mile away? I suppose every stub of whisker on my face, every mole and freckle, every eyelash, the pink flesh on my eyelid, the red network of vessels on the white of my eye, the radiating colors of my iris, his own reflection on my pupil, or beneath this reflection, his inverted image on my retina. I see only the eagle’s eye, but wonder if he sees down inside mine. Or inside me perhaps.

~ Richard Nelson, The Island Within

Photograph: Fairy-Wren

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

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Source: themetapiicture.com. Thank you Susan.

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Caleb makes a guest appearance on David Letterman on “Jungle” Jack Hanna’s Hump Day. As to the American Bald Eagle, Wow! Inspiring. Full stop.


Note: Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts: Let’s Hit it Again

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: Up. Out of Bed. This way.

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T.G.I.F.: Come Fly With Me


This video has gone viral with 3,000,000 views in less than a week.  It hit broadcast news last night.  One word: Cool.

“If you’ve ever marveled at the flight of an eagle and wondered about the perspective the majestic raptor enjoys, watch the video and wonder no more. The incredible footage was captured, via eagle-cam, over the famous Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier in the French Alps near Chamonix. Watch closely as the bald eagle soars above the hillside fringes of the glacial valley, and as it pumps its wings (at the 25-second mark), to gain more height and/or speed, and as it glides past people on the verdant slope.” (Source: Grindtv.com)

 


Monday Morning Wake-Up Call: One time only.

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Image Source for Juvenile Bald Eagle: Thank you (again) Fairy-Wren

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