*Grey’s gaze cuts through dark veil of night
Grey’s coat shines mix of black and white
Grey’s paws so wide, softly alight
Grey’s jaws strongest, of all that bite
Grey’s howl that serenades moonlight
Grey’s ears hear sounds far from their sight
Grey’s even sense all others fright
Grey’s legacy, legends we write
Grey’s gone so long, back by invite
Grey’s helped back from their former plight
Grey’s once we wronged, we now make right
Grey’s have returned to our delight*
This is a digital painting inspired after reading a recent article about the continuing reintegration efforts of the grey wolf, also known as the timber wolf, in the Pacific Northwest. They are just beginning to finally arrive back into the state of Oregon from Idaho, and I hope it won’t be long before I can hear them howling at the moon from where I live here on the Oregon coast.
The painting was done from a wonderful capture by Gary Kramer of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. It is a high-resolution public-domain image, and can be found at the link that I have provided below.
It is difficult to see the painting over the internet, so I have provided a couple of detail cutaways below so you can better appreciate the painting.