Winged Sentinel

Miles Moody

Boone, United States

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Some years ago my life entered a transition phase; it was a time of visitation as well. The hawks began to visit me. I read somewhere that birds were the embodiment of angels and that they sometimes serve as the messengers of God. Well, I wasn’t quite sure about that . . . at least not to begin with. The first such ‘messenger’ was a red-tailed hawk who contrary to their wary tendencies, elected to alight not far overhead (It is interesting to note that this camping trip marked the end of a long period of time away from nature). Several such encounters with raptors would follow. I marveled at a rather large fellow keeping company with a group of sparrows one evening. A few weeks later one of his cousins lit several feet away as I sat passing the time. It got so I wasn’t as surprised when one showed up. The last to visit did so when I had my camera handy. This is her pictured here.

No words ever passed from them to me, but over time the way I felt inside changed for the better. It was sort of like how I find it hard to remain glum when a good friend walks up and smiles at me real big, slaps me hard on the shoulder and then lets out a big belly laugh; it makes me feel ridiculous that I had found a reason to feel so depressed. And if he comes around often enough, he has a tendency to rub off on me, without ever saying a word.

I don’t question any more why the raptors saw fit to spend time with me then, nor do I wonder at what it was they brought me. I do know that I was pretty confused and hurting a bit down deep, and after they came I no longer felt as empty inside. Something passed between us that pointed me in a different direction. I don’t know this for certain, but if you take a moment to look at her here, you may get a sense of how that is.

Nikon F5, f/2.8, 600mm, 1/100 sec, Fuji Velvia, shot near my home in Concord, NC, USA

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