Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Eagle in repose 

A friend of mine just came back from a cruise in Alaska and sent me this photo of an eagle on a glacier with cliffs in the background. More a glacier picture than an eagle picture, but still something. And you can see why people who go to Alaska come back agog.

Alaskan Cruise 054


By Blogger JPMcT, at Wed Jul 01, 10:49:00 PM:

Oh my God...it's melting!! The eagle will drown!! Call Al Gore!!  

By Anonymous tyree, at Thu Jul 02, 12:34:00 AM:

There was a poem I read in high school about and eagle perched on a cliff. This picture brought back lots of good memories. Thanks.  

By Anonymous tyree, at Thu Jul 02, 12:39:00 AM:

Found it:

On Scaring Some Water-Fowl in Loch Turit
A wild scene among the hills of Oughtertyre.

by Robert Burns

Why, you tenants of the lake,
For me your watery haunt forsake?
Tell me, fellow creatures, why
At my presence thus you fly?
Why disturb your social joys,
Parent, filial, kindred ties? -

Common friend to you and me,
Nature's gifts to all are free:
Peaceful keep your dimpling wave,
Busy feed, or wanton leave;
Or, beneath the sheltering rock,
Bide the surging billow's shock.

Conscious, blushing for our race,
Soon, too soon, your fears I trace.
Man, your proud, usurping foe,
Would be lord of all below:
Plumes himself in freedom's pride,
Tyrant stern to all beside.

The eagle, from the cliffy brow (crest)
Marking you his prey below,
In his breast no pity dwells,
Strong necessity compels:
But Man, to whom alone is given
A ray direct from pitying Heaven,
Glories in his heart humane -
And creatures for his pleasure slain!

In these savage, liquid plains,
Only known to wandering swains,
Where the mossy rivulet strays
Far from human haunts and ways,
All on Nature you depend,
And life's poor season peaceful spend.

Or, if Man's superior might
Dare invade your native right,
On the lofty ether borne,
Man with all his powers you scorn;
Swiftly seek, on clanging wings,
Other lakes, and other springs;
And the foe you cannot brave,
Scorn at least to be his slave.  

By Anonymous Boludo Tejano, at Thu Jul 02, 01:39:00 AM:

A punster neighbor came back from Alaska with the following:
Juneau where we've been?
Alaska 'nother one.

By Blogger Pyrus, at Thu Jul 02, 11:32:00 AM:

I was in Alaska many years ago and the natural beauty there just took my breath away. I'll never forget that blue glow in the ice - I was told it comes from the ice being highly compressed in a glacier.  

By Blogger LGD, at Fri Jul 03, 04:15:00 PM:

This photo is a work of art, all right.

If anyone would like to see more photos of Alaska, start here: http://dagoddess.com/?p=2018  

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