Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression


 “He who controls others may be powerful,
but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

~ Lao Tzu

This beautiful and proud bald eagle (known to some as Sam) resides at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. He was taken in by the refuge in 1988 after undergoing a wing amputation due to gunshot injury. He has been a cherished member of the animal sanctuary ever since. Although Sam cannot soar the skies the way nature might have intended, it is clear he has found empowerment and inner-peace at the refuge, surrounded by other members of the wildlife community, and his human admirers. Go Sam!! 😉

Much Love ~ Robyn Lee

22 responses

  1. Lao Tzu – one of my long time favorites… well drawn perspective..

    May 2, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    • Thank you kindly Dean. Yes – classic teachings here. Reminders are good!!

      May 2, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      • and you remind us, Robyn..

        May 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      • … as I remind myself Dean 😉

        May 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM

  2. Empowerment and inner-peace are most important. May we all reach that stage in our life. Great picture. 🙂

    May 2, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    • Thank you Francis. Much appreciate and yes – may we!!! Glad you liked The image:)

      May 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

  3. Chested control.
    This is simply hair rising striking. His gaze, wow.

    May 2, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    • Thanks Mari… yes, the gaze… if Sam could speak, I’d imagine he might have grand statements to make. In his 20s now, and living at the refuge most of his adult life, he might have some wise perspectives to share…. 😉

      May 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

  4. Chris

    I love this quote, the pictures great too, I’m loving the eyes. Thanks for sharing Robyn.

    May 2, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    • Thanks Chris… I know those eyes are quite piercing. Can learn a lot from he ancient Tao teachings of Lao Tzu. Couldn’t resist this quote paired with my Bald Eagle friend’s image. 😉

      May 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM

  5. Fantastic!

    May 2, 2012 at 4:42 AM

  6. perfect quote, Robyn…always so uplifted and inspired on your site…:)

    May 2, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    • Thanks David…always appreciate, and glad you enjoyed he quote 🙂

      May 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

  7. Ahhh..a friend of Hooter’s….I like the way he’s framed within the bars…still proud but a bit sad….

    May 2, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    • Thank you Meryl… yes – the green bars worked well for the image here I agree. Was difficult getting a clear shot through them but thought this one really portrayed Sam’s character well. He does sit proud and tall – despite his disability 🙂

      May 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

  8. braunrcb

    I love that quote and the picture is great to go along with it. This eagle was unlucky to get shot, but very lucky to be rescued so he could live a nice life.

    May 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    • Thanks Renee… I agree. He is a lucky Eagle to have fate bring him to such a wonderful place to live out his entire life with one wing. So glad you liked the quote too 😉

      May 2, 2012 at 12:22 PM

  9. The eagle, emblem and coat of many peoples and nations, and sometimes mystical magic, an example of courage and freedom. Today example of life…
    Thank you for your beautiful post.
    Buenas Noches…

    May 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    • Thank you Carlos ~ so appreciate your insightful comment. Yes – courage and freedom which are blessings for all! 🙂

      May 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM

  10. even though injured, this magnificent bird remains courageous and strong …. this can be seen in his pose …. up in the upper peninsula of Michigan along both sides of the river many of these eagles nest usually high atop ancient white birch trees for some reason …. have captured a few in action in the wild on video but as of yet not on a higher quality still camera, another one of the challenges i hope to achieve soon …. thanks for the wonderful share again Robyn and my best wishes being sent your way as always ….:) Jim

    May 4, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    • Thanks so much Jim…yes – he does hold his head high and appears strong in his stance. Wow… will look forward to your future shots of of your own Bald Eagles soon!! Warmest wishes your way! RL

      May 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

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