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The Art of Living
Summer exhaled her last warmth upon us, whilst the trees slowly shed their life to welcome a winter's sleep.
The season of autumn slowly begins to prepare herself for the cold winter months ahead.
Flying across the sky, migratory birds make their way to warmer climes, and stop to roost in the giant trees to rest their tired wings. I feel the presence of eyes upon me as I walk this uneven path.
It is the cloak of the Vultures I see resting high in the craggy dead branches of Cottonwood trees. Their sinister presence against the grey mottled clouds appear ominous as I crane my neck whilst stumbling on the cobbled path.
I stop to take in their immenseness and foreboding presence as they keep watch over the grove from a-high.
Impressions of a Vulture portray a menacing and haunting bird with mighty wings that are wide enough to embrace me twice over. I stare at them way up there almost defying them to say, your presence here does not alarm nor signal death. But they convince me that death is here: the death of summer cannot be stopped.
The Black Vulture
Wingspan: 4.4 – 5.5 ft.
Mass: 2.6 – 4.3 lbs (Tropical lowlands population)
Lifespan: 10 years (In the wild)
Scientific name: Coragyps atratus
The Art of Living is ...
Inspiration from nature's beauty, simple living, love, and peace.