The Sphinx

The Sphinx – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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The Sphinx

Way, way on top of the eastern side of the Manitoba Legislature, is the Sphinx. It is something you can easily miss if you are not looking carefully enough. 

According to Wikipedia, “In Greek tradition, the sphinx has the head of a woman, the haunches of a lion, and the wings of a bird. She is mythicized as treacherous and merciless, and will kill and eat those who cannot answer her riddle. This deadly version of a sphinx appears in the myth and drama of Oedipus.” 

In the Manitoba Legislature, the Sphinx has a male’s head instead of a female’s head which makes sense as the Egyptian sphinx usually shows as a man or androsphinx. Further to that in Wikipedia, “In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent but having a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version. Both were thought of as guardians and often flank the entrances to temples.” 

I have illustrated it with a red hue for the seriousness of missing out on the riddle. 

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The Lion King

Mikawoz Lion King

The Lion King

Majestic and magnificent is the Lion King. He is statuesque, strong and vibrant. The male lives between 10 to 14 years in the wild. They can reach 80 km/h in short bursts and weight 190 kg.

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Solo Bald Eagle

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This is one of the best photos I have of a solo Bald Eagle.  The background was just perfect.  I also like the way the plumage is gently flying in the air.  Its beak is perfect for what he needs to do.  The eye is piercing.  Love this photo and the detail.

Did you know that both sexes of bald eagles have the same colouring for plumage?  The difference is that the female is actually a bit larger.  Eagles have excellent eyesight.  “They have two foveae or centers of focus, that allow the birds to see both forward and to the side at the same time.”

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