On Nature’s Top Gun

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated. (Paul Rand, designer)

Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life. (Victor Hugo, author)

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. (Leonardo da Vinci, artist)

The most amazing lesson in aerodynamics I ever had was the day I climbed a thermal in a glider at the same time as an eagle. I witnessed, close up, effortlessness and lightness combined with strength, precision and determination. (Norman Foster, architect)

A falcon is the perfect hunter. (Jean Craighead George, writer)

The View

The Story

54 thoughts on “On Nature’s Top Gun

  1. For my interests, your quotes were the best yet, especially the first one, which works to explain why I’ve been unable to get my latest abstract painting past the startup phase. I also learned a new word (concision), and I’m mulling over what to bump from my Top 25 Bucket List in order to include a glider ride.


    • Tim,
      Because applicable quotes with peregrine or falcon will limited.I came up with the idea of interesting words for a quote, then arranged them in order – so glad you caught my intent. In terms of the glider, I have a local contact who could arrange a ride.


  2. What great videos, Frank! Thanks so much!

    There are several nesting areas in Acadia Nat’l Park for peregrines. and while we see tons of eagles and osprey up there, falcons are a rare site. The nesting areas are cordoned off and nobody can hike there for fear of upsetting the nesting. I guess there aren’t many folks hiking around these tall buildings!


  3. Left to the hearer backslash the viewer, “perhaps, good design is the cream rising to the top, au naturel”. The problem arises when design does not appease the aesthetic of the masses. Can’t ugly and clumsy be of good design? In the realm of au naturel?


  4. Design is a human activity…the word also means “cunning” and “trickery” as much as “art” and “technology”……the wonders of that beautiful falcon were not created by humans, though humans may create artifice to mimic them. The falcon itself cannot be called “design” unless one assumes there is a God who is, like humans, a Designer.


  5. I locked eyes with a falcon, once & I can still see the icy, steady glare.
    I used to feed birds from a feeder in my yard. It was winter, snow had just fallen.
    Falcons had been nesting in certain spaces of high-rises.
    Many birds were a flutter around the feeder, & a few pigeons were gathering the spill over on the snow. I looked up and saw a dot. In seconds the dot was a falcon come to grab one of my birds. I saw eyes & claws in a flurry of feathers. Our eyes locked.
    He didn’t get any of the birds, and not a bird was to be seen. The snow had an even layer of small bird feathers covering it.
    Hey, I’m a city girl, and this was very exciting for me.


      • I don’t know what to say about the game. The sports writers are having a field day. Knowing you as I do, I imagine you are somewhat disappointed in some fan and player conduct. I know I would be and let’s hope next year is better.


        • Many things to be sick from that game – sure the results … I find it so hard to believe that players lost their cool with so much on the line and so little time on the clock. Fans cheers Ben’s injury is simply a no-no. A reaction of a combination of passion and alcohol. And as you know, the black & gold wasn’t totally innocent.

          Interestingly, I saw the movie Concussion late afternoon … so that was on my mind as I was watching the game. I truly believe the NFL doesn’t give a damn about it’s players.

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  6. Incredibly camera work! I’ve watched a hawk come swooping through our yard and capture a small bird at the bird feeder and we always hear the sound of his velocity before we see him! These falcons are magnificent birds.


  7. Frank, this was cool! My new home backs up to a bird sanctuary, and I’ve become quite the bird watcher. We have hawks, owls, and the biggest buzzards I’ve ever seen. Nature is so cool.


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