The Gathering....for Jean Keene January 13, 2009


Wasilla, AK, United States

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Camera: Sony A900; F-Stop: f/3.2; Exposure: 1/320 sec.; ISO Speed: 200; Focal Length: 200mm.

Taken in the wild off Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska.

Jean lived in an old motorhome for many years in a campground on Homer Spit with a small yard that was always adorned with fish nets, sea shells, fishing floats, driftwood, and birdhouses, since coming to Alaska in the spring of1977. Jean came to Alaska from Minnesota, she was a stunt rider with the Red River Rodeo, during a show in Detroit, Michigan while Jean was performing one of her dangerous stunts on horseback called “death drag,” she leaned back in the saddle a little too far missing a critical hand hold and she tumbled backward off her horse and slammed her head against the arena wall, to make things worse her right foot was caught in the stirrup and she was dragged upside down behind her horse, her knee ended up being broken in 15 places, thus ending her rodeo career. She was always a lover of all animals, and one day she noticed two Bald Eagles near her compound and wondered if they were in need of food. She worked at a fish processing facility back then so she decided to bring home some scraps of salmon, halibut, cod and herring, the next morning there were the two Eagles…by the end of that first winter she had about a dozen Eagles that she was feeding, and then there were hundreds of them. Go gather with your Eagles Jean, they are waiting to take you under their wings.

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