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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thunderbird

I was passing through Beacon Hill Park a few days ago when I realized that I have not before posted a photo of this totem pole although, as one of the tallest in the world, it is certainly worthy of note. However, what drew my attention to it on this day was the topmost figure, one of our local Bald Eagles taking advantage of this splendid vantage point. Below is the best I could do for a close-up since I didn't have a true telephoto lens with me. A passerby informed me that this eagle often perches atop this pole at this season during the last few years. The pole itself is very noteworthy, carved by Kwakwaka'wakw craftsman Mungo Martin and erected in 1956. As to whether the Bald Eagle is the original thunderbird of native mythology, you can read Wikipedia's discussion of this question by clicking HERE and decide for yourself.

4 comments:

Lucka said...

Your photos are full of live colours. Totem with nature looks beautiful!

Mike Laplante said...

Too funny. I took a similar photo in 2007. (That's two now...)
I didn't have my good optical zoom either, so I had to use the digital zoom on my low end camera.
At the time I took mine I wondered if it was the infamous media-dubbed 'Bird-zilla' that single-handedly wiped out the heron population there.
BTW, you gotta envy the view that s/he must have up there.

JoJo said...

You sure are in the right place at the right time!!

biebkriebels said...

A beautiful photo!