An essential species, vultures consume rotting carrion which could spread disease. Such soaring beauty juxtaposed with connotations of death was an irresistible subject. The beauty in death. The end of one creature’s life supporting the life of another. The interconnectivity of species which we too often ignore or overlook. This vulture is part of the “Birds in Flight” program at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. I had always thought of vultures as a rather drab brown, but the sunlight on Gilbert’s feathers glowed in shades of blue and green outlined in a golden yellow as he soared over the crowd. That is what I tried to capture in this piece.