The California Condor – about 300 are left in the world – living dinosaurs. So beautiful, they almost hurt to witness… Like gazing straight into the heart of some kind of nostalgia I carry around for a California that may or may not have ever been: a Garden of Eden where mega-populations of mega-birds fed effortlessly on mega-fauna, all of which has been crowded out by time, humanity and the unfolding modern reality of Gaia herself.
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If you cruise up the High Peaks Trail in California’s newest National Park (Pinnacles) you can catch these guys sunning themselves on the high granite knolls. I mentioned in the last paragraph, that there is a sense of distant sadness that comes over me when I see these guys soaring in the hot, midsummer sun, just a few yards over head – that is actually what follows the intense fear of being sussed out as food. To say these are big birds is an understatement, and listening to the wind cut through their wings is eerie and awesome in a primal sense of the word.