Local Heart, Global Soul

May 24, 2014

Nothing Escapes These Piercingly Sharp Eyes…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In the summer of 2012  I was visiting La Roche-en-Ardenne and came up to the castle on the hill whilst Himself, the kids and our friend and his daughter went canoeing on the river.

It was far harder work than I imagined with the crutches and so a few decent pauses to stop and rest as I made my way around were most welcome.

After the falconry display the birds were taken to various places to rest, eat and enjoy some shade out of the hot sun but can also come out and sun themselves if they want to.

In one of those places I was able to get close up to one of the falcons and sit very quietly close by taking photographs.

This series of  photographs is therefore a study of this magnificent creature, it’s structure and strength is beautiful to look at, it’s character is evident in it’s strong look and it’s not at all nervous of me sitting close by (although I did of course take care to sit very still and not startle or upset it). It’s a privileged to be able to observe the falcon at such close range: the bird is alert to every movement in the sky around us, nothing escapes these sharp eyes. This is a triangular shaped shade for the falcon, it’s clear that it’s not an overnight accommodation  for the bird but rather just a quiet day resting spot  a little out of the way of the main tourist walkway. Both the bird and I sit quietly enjoying the sun and  the quiet of each other’s company.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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