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

On an Upward Look

Yesterday we viewed the skies of the Oregon desert. Yet, the sky is the where we find one of the fastest animals – the peregrine falcon whose aerial high-speed maneuvers are well documented.

Today’s journey is back to the skies with two short videos on the peregrine falcon: the first about its flight and stoop, and the second with an attached camera. Enjoy this journey on nature’s top gun of flight.

About the Falcon

From the Falcon

On a Monday for the Birds

Sesame Street provide Big Bird. Boston had a legendary dibbling Bird. Lynyrd Skynyrd sang Free Bird. Many famous character birds are etched in cartoon history as Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Roadrunner, Foghorn Leghorn with his encounters with the pesky chicken hawk, and countless others.

Recent news has brought us a few oddities in nature regarding birds. Hollywood, through the genius of Alfred Hitchcock, gave us The Birds, which isn’t about a number of hooligans standing on the corner giving the bird to those passing by. But the movie did inspire this great spoof that is for your Monday Morning Entertainment. Thank you Melissa.

On a Bird for Monday

Instead of providing a zany event of human nature to jump start your week, thought I’d use a different member of the natural world – the lyrebird. This Australian feathery aviary has the ability to mimic both natural and unnatural sounds from the environment. An unnatural sound (you ask)? Watch, listen, learn, and enjoy.