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.