The reason I love walking at the Audubon wetlands is that every day I see something new. Today I saw a few birds I hadn't seen before and I will try to identify them. More turtles than usual were on the paths too.
Here, then, are the highlights of today's walk:
|Vesper sparrow, I think.|
|American kestrel, one of my favorites!|
|American kestrel showing his pretty coloring.|
|American white pelicans|
|White pelican from below|
|Turtles "racing" across the path - the big turtle in back won.|
|May be a yellow-bellied flycatcher.|
|Turkey vulture in flight.|
|Some kind of nest.|
|If I were a bird, I would line my nest with this fluff.|
|Butterfly in sun.|
|Inner wing and outer wing are completely different.|
|Such a beautiful pattern.|
When his wife and kids leave on a three-week trip, he is approached by two men who have heard of his wonderful fiddle playing. They entice him to join them for two weeks in the circus to travel to Washington, D.C., and he will be paid a lot of money for his fiddle playing. The two men get him drunk and sell him into slavery.
From Washington, D.C., he is taken with other slaves to Georgia to work on cotton and sugar cane plantations. Life is torture on the plantations; no one wants an intelligent slave except his very first owner. However, his stay on the first plantation doesn't last long - he is sold to another plantation owner. Things go downhill quickly. It is a credit to him that he never loses hope of returning home to his family and his free man status.
The casting and acting are superb. I felt like I was complicit in the treatment of the slaves simply by virtue of being white. The movie is unsettling which I suspect follows the feelings in the book closely. While the movie is excellent, if you don't want to see nudity, rape, mental and physical abuse, hangings, or vicious whippings, then don't go. Because I am pretty sure this movie is true to what happened in that era, I give it five out of five stars.
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