Hawk Medicine Telephoto

red-tailed hawk over snowy hills

It’s not spring yet

There it is, a red-tailed hawk. I didn’t see it when I took the telephoto shot, which makes this even better. For those who may not know, sightings of particular animals (and the nature of these encounters) often have great significance in Native American and other aboriginal cultures. (Google away, there are many books and references.) Hawks have extraordinary eyesight and awareness of their surroundings. They see more things than we do and are akin to messengers. In my experience, the appearance of a hawk always suggests a commentary or counterpoint to whatever big picture view may dominate my thoughts. True in this case, absolutely!

These sightings constitute a gift from other realms. All the more reason to protect and defend the Earth and all its creatures, for without them we are lost and blind.

John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Judy Copek February 22, 2017, 1:56 PM

    We have them in our neighborhood, too. Wetlands and not too heavily populated. Their strike terror into the little birds who all fly away and hide. We saw one carry off a squirrel once.

  • Marti Fenton February 22, 2017, 3:09 PM

    Nice surprise!

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