Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Great Eagle artists capture America's spirit

People have always admired the eagle. The ancient Sumerians, the Romans, and Napoleon all borrowed the awe-inspiring bird as a symbol of their own greatness. So it is not difficult to see why, some 230 years ago, the bald eagle was adopted as an official emblem of the United States. It was a natural choice for a proud, young nation about to spread its own wings of freedom and make its mark on the world.

Their fierce beauty, combined with their rise from near extinction, has also inspired countless artists to capture the bald eagle’s symbolism in paintings, photographs, and sculpture. Read about some of our local eagle artists in the Montgomery Advertiser.

Happy 4th!

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35 comments:

  1. But, you have to admit - a turkey gobbling up all our taxes we pay them would have been most apropos. ;)

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  2. Good post SciGuy. Happy 4th to you too.

    Many smaller birds chase much larger predator/scavenger species from their territories and nesting areas. Mockingbirds routinely vigorously chase blue jays, crows, and even hawks. The larger birds can't maneuver quickly enough to swat their harrassers. It's like the smaller, more agile British ships were against the larger, more cumbersome Spanish armada.

    Bald eagles, and eagles in general, despite their regal appearance, have some rather nasty habits. They not only prey upon live animals, they're also very opportunistic, and will readily feast on carrion, just like vultures and buzzards.

    Wow, I'm having trouble picturing a vulture as our national symbol, but I'm sure this could start a lot of imaginative political commentary.

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  3. "The turkey has landed" Thanks and happy 4 th
    still laughing

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  4. SciGuy101 ....
    Witty and entertaining essay. I enjoy your thinking and style. Thanks.

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  5. You should get paid for this kind of writing. You had me on the floor with, "The Turkey has landed"

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  6. "...golfers hitting a rare three holes under par would exclaim, "A double turkey!"

    Would three consecutive strikes in bowling be an eagle?

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  7. Speaking of the American space program, how's this?

    "Charles Bolden, head of NASA, tells Al Jazeera that the "foremost" task President Obama has given him is "to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering." Thus, NASA's primary mission is no longer to enhance American science and engineering or to explore space, but to boost the self-esteem of "predominantly Muslim nations."

    Exploring space didn't even make the top three things Obama wants Bolden to accomplish. The other two are "re-inspire children to want to get into science and math" and "expand our international relationships,"

    This is more evidence, if any were needed, of Obama's lack of interest in American achievement or, indeed, American greatness. He seems to believe we've achieved enough (or perhaps too much) and that the trick now is to make nations that have achieved little for centuries feel like we couldn't have done it without them."

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  8. Good thing Ben did not win that battle, just think what Obama would want as our symbol - the PIG?

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  9. I can see it now:

    Pontoon boat anchored in the cove, beer chilling in the cooler, kids swimming off the side, and the Steve Miller Band playing on the boombox.

    Their wonderful summer anthem entitled "Fly like a turkey".

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  10. Thanks for the post. Pay no attention to turkeys (or should I say eagles) like Zippit. If it isn't some far right wing (birds again) rant, he doesn't care for it.

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  11. If Ben had had his way, we might be enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner of roast Eagle!

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  12. I have Bald eagle's living close by in a large marsh and on a hot day they ride the thermals above my house that is built into a big hill - it is truly a spectacle to watch. Even the Redtailed hawks head for the trees...

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  13. Frankly.. turkeys look their best, stuffed and roasted.. Eagles when they're flying.

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  14. Very nice and inspiring blog. Eagles are also a symbol of taking in the big picture(visionary)as in an aerial perspective, being close to God,(as they nest on high cliffs) and courage(as they are known to lock claws and spiral downward for thousands of feet, the one who lets loose first looses the territory to the "dominant" male). A great symbol for a new nation with a new vision and a desire to soar close to God!Great post.

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  15. You gotta love Darwin

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  16. Once the rose colored glasses are off it is hard to see beauty in the world.
    Thanks for this timely piece. I needed the reminder.

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  17. There is something so regal and powerful about this bird :) Happy 4th of July to you.

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  18. I find all birds to be quite noble looking. Something about the eyes...

    :-)

    Pearl

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  19. happy independence day to you!

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  20. They are beautiful birds. I'm always thrilled when I get to see one.

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  21. Great idea for a 4th of July post! Have a wonderful holiday.

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  22. Wonderful "G" post! Happy 4th!!

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  23. I LOVE THAT PHOTO! God Bless America! sandie

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  24. I think the eagle is a perfect symbol for our country. Great post for the 4th!

    =)

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  25. Ok we are at the G. I should have done general anaesthetic as I had one on Wednesday .
    I am writing a general comment as I want to read as many posts as I can but can't type that many replies.
    If you have visited me and left a comment thank you.
    See you next time
    Tracy :)

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  26. Love the ohoto!! Happy Belated Fourth :-)

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  27. They are a gorgeous bird! I've seen a few in person and was blown away at how big they are.
    Hope you had a great 4th.
    jj

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