TITLE: We Have A Dream
"We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
TITLE: Spectacled Owl in Rainforest
The Spectacled Owl is increasingly threatened because of the destruction of rainforests in Central America. Measuring up to 48 cm (19 inches) in length, it is the largest tropical American owl. Do to the expansion of cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, mining, and urbanization, the rainforests in Central America are shrinking. Rainforest Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around the areas that are being threatened. Through these highly effective partnerships, sustainable results are being achieved for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and wildlife, like the Spectacled Owl.
TITLE: Rainbird in Magnolia Tree
This digital painting showcases a magnolia tree with Spadecaller’s vision of the rain bird found in Chinese mythology. The Shangyang in Chinese mythology was a rain bird. The bird was chiefly associated with the Lord of Rain. The legend of Shangyang recalls when the bird visited the royal court and performed a dance on its one leg. To interpret the extraordinary dance, an emissary was sent to Confucius, who revealed the bird’s message. The bird’s dance had described the coming of a catastrophic rainstorm. Confucius recommended building drainage basins and the raising of dikes. Those that followed the sage’s advice were spared calamity, but the communities that failed to follow the advice received heavy damage. The legendary story of the rain bird is used to illustrate the folly of those who ignore the words of the wise.
Give me hunger,
O you gods that sit and give
The world its orders.
Give me hunger, pain and want,
Shut me out with shame and failure
From your doors of gold and fame,
Give me your shabbiest, weariest hunger!
But leave me a little love,
A voice to speak to me in the day end,
A hand to touch me in the dark room
Breaking the long loneliness.
In the dusk of day-shapes
Blurring the sunset,
One little wandering, western star
Thrust out from the changing shores of shadow.
Let me go to the window,
Watch there the day-shapes of dusk
And wait and know the coming
Of a little love.
"At the Window" - A poem by Carl Sandburg
TITLE: Nez Perce Scout
The Nez Perce Indians lived in villages throughout the Plains west of the Rocky Mountains. They were the largest tribe Lewis and Clark met between the Missouri River and the Pacific Coast.
Under pressure by the European-Americans, the Nez Perce split into two groups: those who accepted relocation to a reservation and those who refused to give up their fertile land. The harrowing flight of the “renegade” Nez Perce began on June 15, 1877. Chief Joseph, Looking Glass, White Bird, Ollokot, Poker Joe and Toohoolhoolzote lead 2,900 men, women and children hoping to find a peaceful sanctuary. After their Crow allies refused them shelter, they tried to reach Lakota Chief Sitting Bull in Canada. Chief Sitting Bull had migrated there instead of surrendering after the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
In their epic flight to freedom, over 2,000 U.S. soldiers pursued the Nez Perce for more than 1,170 miles across four states and multiple mountain ranges. The 800 Nez Perce warriors held off the pursuing troops in 18 battles, skirmishes, and engagements. More than 300 US soldiers and 1,000 Nez Perce (including women and children) were killed in these conflicts.
The surviving Nez Perce were finally forced to surrender on October 5, 1877, in Montana, just 40 miles from the Canada–US border. Chief Joseph surrendered to General Oliver O. Howard of the U.S. Cavalry after the Battle of the Bear Paw Mountains. During the surrender negotiations, Chief Joseph sent a dispatch to the US soldiers. Often described as a speech, it has become renowned as one of the greatest American speeches: "...Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."
TITLE: Voyage of the Arctic Tern
Storms, heavy rain, snow, high winds, and bitter-cold temperatures do not deter the journey of the arctic tern, as it spends most of the year soaring over cold waters far offshore. The arctic tern breeds on coasts of the arctic tundra, New England, Washington, and Britain north to the northernmost limits of land, and spends the rest of the year at sea. Its 44,100 mile round trip takes it to every ocean, and to the vicinity of every continent. This digital painting is entitled, “Voyage of the Arctic Tern.”
TITLE: Sunset at Pelican Cove
Caladesi Island, Honeymoon Island, and Anclote Key are three mostly undeveloped and protected barrier islands of Florida’s Suncoast near Clearwater and Tarpon Springs. Honeymoon Island is the only one that has road access. The main attraction for most visitors are the wonderful beaches on Honeymoon Island. But for those who love wildlife and flora, there are two great hiking trails – the Osprey Trail and Pelican Cove Trail. Each lead to the north tip of a peninsula that juts out into St. Joseph Sound. My favorite place is hidden along the Pelican Cove Trail. After hiking through the slash pines, the cabbage palms, and the swaying sea oats, the trail tracks along the cove. Just yards off the trail, I found this special place, where the pelicans come to dine on small bait fish and lounge in the Florida sun. Other than hiking the 3 mile trail, only a small boat can access this picturesque inlet.