by D. Altaba
The moment I saw this black and white picture of tree branches in the fall and a bird with large wings flying above them, I remembered having seen that same scene three years ago.
Driving in Mount Rainier National Park, my husband and I were spellbound by the natural beauty surrounding us: magnificent trees, high mountains and deep valleys. To capture the place with all our senses, we stopped next to the rock border on a viewpoint.
Suddenly, a huge bald eagle landed on the border by my window.
Surprised, I admired the strong creature and was struck by its
graceful figure and proud, held high head with shinny white feathers tumbling down like a king’s ermine cape over dark feathers that covered its body. The strength of its beck and its posture denoted its superior status in the bird realm, in the animal kingdom, in fact.
All this went through my mind in seconds, for immediately my eyes were mesmerized by its big, alert, intelligent eye that looked directly at me with a defiant, powerful, commanding attitude. Its keenness of vision allows this diurnal, carnivorous, bird of prey to plunge from great altitudes and catch his meal, preferably young mammals.
We did not moved, but as fast as the eagle had come, it departed. It took wing, and we saw it crossing above the branches of leafless trees with its wings stretched out. We shall never forget its short visit and its swift flight.
(Dolors Altaba (Rebeles) has written plays, novels, short stories, and essays. Published works: Aphra Behn’s English Feminism: Wit and Satire,(Susquehanna University Press, 1999). Essays: "Roots of Change" in Embryonic Landscapes, (Actar, 2001); “Aphra Behn’s Comedies” in Restoration and 18th Century Theater Research (1995); “Teaching Browning’s Poetry” in Newsletter (SUNY SB, 1989); “The Mystery of Gems” in