The Rules of the Condor........

Control of the currents beneath his wings
and the sky above
Lifting away from the ledges he drops away into
the abyss
Light colored chevrons on his wings
he is marked from above
But for who ...perhaps his God
The tips of his wings tilt
curling ever slightly
he moves in slow circles
Slow and lazy
dives.......
And again to circle in ascent
over the Navajo stone
Yes the king of the grand
Canyon and
The Queen of the
Colorado river
They own the skies........
as all others play by
the rules of the condor......

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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Hi ahorseback,

They do indeed own the skies, so majestic and regal and who would dare to deny them their rights.

You have captured beautifully, their poetry in motion, these majestic birds of prey.

At our little haven, by the mountain, by the sea we have a pair of wedge tail eagles that come down from the mountain, scouting from great altitude, their hunting grounds. We know when they are approaching overhead because all the birds around go crazy, squawking to each other, giving out the warning, then silence as they shelter in the trees while the eagles circle overhead and slowly move on. Like the condor, they also command the skies.

Awesome words, all my votes!!!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Sailplane pilots sometimes find themselves sharing a thermal with soaring birds like condors. I experienced that once, and it was a thrill to see them looking back at us, wondering where that huge bird came from!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Fennelseed , Thats so cool ! I love eagles , probably my favorie. Send us a hub about your haven by the sea , Haven sounds like heaven!Be well my fennelseed !....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Will Star , By sailplanes do you mean gliders? That sounds neat , I can imagine the silence, only the wind and the condor.....:-}


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Gliders and sailplanes are different. Gliders normally cannot gain much altitude using updrafts and thermals. Their poor glide ratios won't allow it.

Sailplanes, with their extreme glide ratios, can easily soar to great heights using thermals and updrafts, and can stay up for hours.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

It's always a beautiful site to behold birds of flight. The way they glide and soar high.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Creating beautiful pictures.


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cavallo 5 years ago from Newmarket,UK

Love the feel of free. The Ospreys at home give me the same feeling.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

What a beautiful feeling this poem gives me! I could be flying with the condor, now.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Will star ,so a hanglider? ,,,,:-]


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa, a couple of years ago we went to the grand canyon in Arizona , and looking down from the rim to the condors two or three hudred feeet below us as they soured was so impressive. They are so big! As much as a ten foot wingspan?!!!! I know you do love your birdies.....lol...:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Bunaya , Thank you sir , these picures I took in Arizona USA.....:-} Glad you enjoyed....


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cavallo, yes the osprey is an impressive animal too we are starting to see them here in Vermont!......:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Paradise , Yes they are so large and they soar like a glider .....There is no bird to me that is ugly ...they all have there own beauty !.......How are you?...:-}


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Hi ahorseback,

It's measured in glide ratio. A glide ratio of 10:1 means that for every mile in altitude, that aircraft can glide 10 miles horizontally.

A 747 has a glide ratio of 12:1. A hang glider varies from 15:1 to 17:1.

A sailplane has a glide ratio of anywhere from 32:1 all the way up to 70:1.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

They own the skies....

A beautiful, majestic bird in all it's glory.

Thank you.


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jujubees 5 years ago from Rhode Island

A very visual piece of writing...and magnificent birds...your photos are beautiful as well. I Enjoyed this piece very much.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Movie Master , What is it about the majestic winged creature that conjures up the spirits of man? Thank you for sharing.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Jujubees . Thank you ! The Grand Canyon should be seen by everyone. If you ever get the chance.........:-}


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I think it would be awesome to soar and float like that. The condor is a misunderstood and magnificent bird. You give a moment into the beauty he sees.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hyphen , So many times in life I have though of trying hangliding ......but I don't know ? Can you imagine the pure beauty of flying. With just a slight move of muscle

and a tilt of wingtips to glide in circles. Ever dream of flying.? It looks so effortless....:-}

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