Great Egret -- Ardea alba, fishing the North Pond Nature Sanctuary in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.
‘Say this city has ten million souls,
Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us...
...Went down to the harbour and stood upon the quay,
Saw the fish swimming as if they were free:
Only ten feet away, my dear, only ten feet away...
...Walked through a wood, saw the birds in the trees;
They had no politicians and sang at their ease:
They weren’t the human race my dear, they weren’t the human race...’ ~ from “Refugee Blues” by Wystan Hugh Auden
'That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.’ ~ H D Thoreau
‘And finds, with keen, discriminating sight,
Black’s not so black, -- nor white so very white.’ ~ George Canning, “New Morality”
‘For art may err, but Nature cannot miss.’ ~ John Dryden, The Cock and the Fox.