King of the Spring

Posted on June 4, 2013

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A Photographic Journey of America’s Greatest Game Bird

 

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Spring is resoundly ushered in with the familiar notes bellowed from a love-sick gobbler.

 

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“The turkey’s eyes are such that he can see a bumblebee turn a somersault on the verge of the horizon.”

                                               Rutledge

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His search for love is boundless and exhaustive.

 

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“Come, my beloved, let us go out into the field…

 

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Let us go out early to the vineyards…

 

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And see whether the vines have budded…

 

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Whether the grape blossoms have opened…

 

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And the pomegranates are in bloom…

 

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There I will give you my love.” – Song Of Solomon    

 

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She, the hen plays the seductive role of a temptress.  

 

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The demure, elusive enchantress intrigues the gobbler.

 

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And equally frustrates showing unabashed indifference towards him.

 

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Ever on the alert, the old Tom stands erect in elegant posture.

 

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“As a bird,” Rutledge pens, “he makes comparatively small use of his wings, (but) when he does perform, the spectacle is memorable.”

 

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The woodland was awakening to the first rays of delicate light illuminating the lush, emerald greenery.

 

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Revealing the iridescent beauty of gold, black, red, blues and purples of a finely vestured gentleman.

 

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“These knights, while not strutting prodigiously and menacingly, would suddenly turn normal, and would peer with searching beady eyes for the true object of all their self-display.” – Rutledge

 

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With wariest majesty in full display, the pair struts in virtual harmony.

 

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There’s not a sound in all of nature that can both fascinate and apprehend like the sudden and unexpected boom of a gobble.

 

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And is the very thing that keeps us coming back, Spring-after-Spring.

 

 

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