Bald eagle dumpster diving. If you search for photos of bald eagles, you’ll likely find inspiring photos of them soaring through the air, or perched high above the earth, confidently surveying their “kingdom.”
Bald eagles are mythical, majestic creatures. To native Americans, they symbolize “man’s connection to the divine” because it flies higher than any other bird.
Bald Eagle: Symbol of America
When modern Americans think of a bald eagle, they can’t help but think of its role as the emblem of the American Empire itself. In fact, it was chosen shortly after the Revolutionary War ended to represent the young country because of its great strength, long life, and majestic appearance.
Bald eagles also represent freedom, as they often perch at the top of lofty mountains in solitary grandeur.
While they are, undeniably an impressive bird, the reality is that no animal can live up to such an idealized perfection and majesty.
In fact, Ben Franklin once described the bald eagle as, “a bird of bad moral character, (who) does not get his living honestly” referring to the fact that the bald eagle often steals his meals from other birds who have done the actual hunting.
I think that’s why I like this photo so much. It’s like living in America only having seen heroic paintings and marble busts of George Washington, and then seeing a photo of George in his underwear. It’s a great juxtaposition of two objects of the highest and lowest esteem, forcing us to question idealism vs reality:
Our national symbol is not always the fearsome wild salmon hunting icon the #failing #fakenews US Postal service would lead you to believe:) Check our new story online “Dirty Birds” @californiasunday written by @laurelsara about a town in Alaska overrun by Bald eagles. ————————————- This image “Dumpster Diver, 30×40, 2017 from my new exhibition “Aleutian Dreams” opens Thursday 4/6 @hartmanfineart in Portland, OR and currently on the walls at @richardhellergallery in Santa Monica, CA #baldeagle #eagle #nationalsymbol #resist #maga #corruption #fakenews #alaska #trump #aleutiandreams #feast #garbage #scavenger #dumpsterdiving #natgeo
For those of us who worry about our country’s unsustainable debt, or our controversial role as the World’s Policeman, perhaps you’ll see sobering symbolism (of a post-Apocolyptic America?) in this photo of a dumpster-diving bald eagle.
*Or, maybe you’re just a NY Giants fan, and like the idea of forwarding this post to a friend in Philadelphia?
Photo © Corey Arnold