Monday, March 1, 2010


Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.

Frédéric Chopin (1 March 1810 - 1849)

today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the brilliant composer and pianist frédéric chopin. it is mind-blowing to think that he was only 39 when he die, the volume and significance of his work is simply amazing.

today's quote brings to mind an interesting and thought-provoking article on depression by johah lehrer that was in this weekend's new york times magazine.

march already! can you believe it! time does have a way of marching on, doesn't it!

the month is off to a good start - it isn't every morning one looks out the window to see this sight:

unfortunately the plastic on the window dulled the overall image. even though I was inside the house taking the picture, I think the hawk heard the camera, as soon as the camera clicked, s/he grabbed the bird and hopped to the backyard. I ran up to the second floor and caught another glance of bird with bird. I believe my presence was felt by the hawk for it wasn't long before s/he took off to find a spot without the eyes of a nosy human.

can you see the prey hanging from the hawk's talons?

(click the photos if you wish to enlarge)

the photos aren't of the quality of roy's birds photos, but I had to share them anyway. I'm thinking the hawk is a cooper's hawk.


Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Despite the plastic on the window, the first photo is a rare find, as is the one with the prey in talons. Congratulations

Unknown said...

That sure is a Cooper's Hawk. Those rose hips are gorgeous.

ArtSparker said...

Whoa, dude - that article has quite a few pages. Here's my first-hand take on depression; it's physiological, and due to to an excess of energy. I've spent entire decades depressed. Now I (mostly)channel it though I still have bad weeks. I don't mean that it's a matter of getting a grip - more making peace than anything else. Sometimes it's overwhelming no amount of "Postitive Thinking" fixes it. But in essence, it's just energy.

Anonymous said...

ALong with ArtSparker here, I too have been keeping the depression at bay( but most would never know it )...and wondering if I can enhance that first photo...we have mainly red-tail hawks in our area :)

Roy said...

Yup, that's a Cooper's. We have a few around here, too.

I didn't remember that today's Chopin's birthday. Thanks for the reminder!

Merle Sneed said...

Wow, that piece is spectacular! I love Chopin.

Depression is so sad and robs so many. Just this past week an actor few have heard of hanged himself in Stanley Park, Vancouver.

Andrew Koenig, from the old show Growing Pains was just 41 and a wonderfully talented guy.

What a shame, it makes my heart hurt.

Tom said...

Toby and I walked underneath a hawk sitting on a branch over the path, we couldn't have been more than 6 feet away. I'm thinking he was eying Toby with malice, or hunger at least. We stood still for several minutes before it got antsy and flew off to a higher roost.

Megan said...

My pops needs to sit down with Susan and have a long talk...