Friday, March 26, 2010

Eagle Ruffle

Eagles are noble, strong birds. They can fly higher and longer than any other bird of prey. However, just like people, they have their frazzled moments.

Every so often the Eagle goes through a period of molting. One could imagine an Eagle might feel seriously disgruntled while loosing his feathers. He cannot fly well, his accuracy in hunting is gone and he is vulnerable to attack. During this time, the Eagle labors hard to stay alive.

But soon new feathers grow in place of the old, and the proud Eagle rises on the wind again.

Rather like us, don't you think? We go through times in our lives when we are not very lovely. We become fiercely ruffled as life seems to pummel us unmercifully.

Adversity can bring the best, or the worst out of people. We can choose to drag our feathers in the dirt, or see these hard times as our best teacher. Indeed through adversity, we can learn, become reborn--renewed, able to fly once again. There is no strength without struggle.

To see my frazzled Eagle best, enlarge for the details. He's kind of funny.

Above you see this fierce, ruffled fellow as I first saw him.


Lois said...

What a beautiful post Beth and a valuable life lesson. He is beautiful. I love eagles, but unfortunately I don't get to see too many of them. Have a great weekend!

Shadow in the Moonlight said...

So true, we feel vulnerable too when things happen that we don't seem to understand. Life is kinda like a gem that has to be polished before it can glitter... nice proud eagle pic.

Clytie said...

Ah sissie ... I love it that you posted this on the same week I captured my first eagle! On my camera, of course. Beautiful, if frazzled, bird you caught there!

Shelle said...

i love eagles...i always want to be one when i believed in rebirth! i saw something in the trees the other day and immediately it reminded me of i've forgotten completely what it was...what a shame!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely post and a very impressive eagle!

Garden Lily said...

What a beautiful picture, and I like the story along with it. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I see I am going to enjoy wandering through yours tonight.