Friday, May 27, 2011

Merry go round - Photo of interest

It's the last Friday of the month, so join us on our merry go round for a quick spin.  The merry go round is where a group of 11 artists/craftwomen link together around the world and tell you a little about their art and craft, through blogging on the same topic.

This month's topic is to choose a photo that interests us - either taken personally or by someone else and explain what attracts us to it.

The photo I've chosen was emailed to me this week by a friend, Janet and to me, it symbolizes "Hope". Here's the photo:

The story that came with the photo was that in January of this year, the weather was so cold in St. Louis, Missouri that bald eagles could not access fish in the river. This was because the temperature of the water was so cold that the fish had all gone to the bottom of the river and it was too deep for the birds to catch them.  The eages were seen flying over homes, looking for food to eat.

Some local residents decided to help them out so that they would survive the cold spell and so started feeding the eagles with fish.

When they started, there were just a handful of eagles, but more and more came and enjoyed their free meal.

The photo is so full of hope for me as it wasn't long ago that the Bald Eagle was an endangered species in the US.  It was 1967 that the Bald Eagle was officially named an endangered species in the whole of the US. In 2007 it finally came off the endangered species list.   If we hadn't done something then - and continued caring, like these locals did in January, no photo like this would have been possible.

I hope you'll take the time to see what photos other members of the merry go round selected by clicking on the links below.  Next month for our merry go round we'll be using these photos as inspiration to create something.   We all live in different places around the world, so time differences may impact when we all get our blog post up.

Samantha at Vintage is for lovers -
Jen at Painted Fish Studio -
Bethany at Dirksen Dabbles -
Laura at Blue Terracotta -
Monika at Red2White -
Mitsy at ArtMind -
Kim at Vilt a la Kim -
Sara at Crafts of Texture -
Mariana at Florcita -
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent -
Ruth at Birdland Creations -

Or else you can click on the blog hop below.  If you are a merry go round participant, please add your link if it's not already included. You can then copy the code and put it on your blog post too.


vilterietje said...

inspiring story:)

meherio68 said...

Wow! That's a great story and impressive photos. It is good to know that doing "a little something" does help...

Laura said...

I love this photo! My uncle sent it to me this winter. It is indeed inspiring to see that individuals can take action and make a difference!

florcita said...

the photos are beautiful but the whole story is just inspiring and yes... hopeful. Fantastic initiative!

Anonymous said...

great to see these brids are taken care of when they really need it. Sorry for the long bloglink :(

ArtMind said...

Such a beautiful picture, Ruth! Happy to hear that the bald Eagle is not a rare specimen anymore and that actions to protect it are helping.

painted fish studio said...

the photos are stunning, and the story does give me hope. great post, ruth!

West Coast Raptor said...

nice, very nice, first impression is photoshoped, yet story is incredible, great stuff. great birds, great people.....