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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

Silent presence

She almost flew by unnoticed
so silent were her wings
so like the color of Earth

I've seen the red-tails in my neighborhood and in the surrounding natural areas for over a decade and managed to capture only tiny dots on distant skies. Then last week, when the ice was still gracing the waters, there she was: calm, patient, somehow knowing that she was granting my long-held wish. In this series from "All Creatures Great and Small" I celebrate the Red-Tailed Hawk from the US Midwest. I hope you enjoy them.
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

Claws
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Moving On

I've been saving this one for the end, the last time I saw a hawk that day.
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

The line between hawk and wood blurred - II
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

She Gathered Her Wings

when golden ribbons
announced the fall of the day
and the line between
hawk and wood blurred
she gathered her wings about her
and pushed off
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

She heads off

She heads off into the
dark blue of shadows
leaving behind
the sky
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

Portrait of a Huntress

A study in complexity . . .
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

She-Hawk, Eyes and Heart of the Wood

At once there
and not there
At once her own
yet not her own
the eyes and heart
of the wood
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017
Outside of Time

She sweeps the sky
stretching time and line.
It is all hers.
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Series: Red-Tailed Hawk - Winter, 2017

Around the bend. . . .

She watches and waits
the next turn beckons
It's only a matter of time
until the inevitable breeze
picks her up and carries
her around one last bend.
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