Great Egret -- Ardea alba, in the North Pond Nature Sanctuary in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.
‘Like a dog, he hunts in dreams.’ ~ Alfred Tennyson
‘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.' ~ from “Refugee Blues” by W H Auden
'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 W H Auden
‘For art may err, but Nature cannot miss.’ ~ John Dryden, The Cock and the Fox.
'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”
Considering that these birds were once close to extinction, close views in a highly populated setting seem noteworthy.
"The point is that animals are everywhere living their lives. They use our cities like nests. It's whether you look up or not." ~ Craig Childs, "The Animal Dialogues", 2009.