I drive by this totem every once in awhile, yet until I began to photograph it, I had no idea what animals were on it.
The lowest animal on the totem is a wolf..the highest is an eagle just above the owl.
Ha..you would have missed it..I almost did too..but it is there..it is just not real noticeable.
This guy is third from the top, I take it that it is a man or is it a monkey?
The carver had a sense of humor..
He or she also successfully merged four creatures in this section of the totem..Deer, fish, bird and cat.
I know there is much to be said about totems..my take is that they are artwork..just in a different form. Sometimes art work is in the form of words..sometimes they compliment each other.
I think I could turn and live with animals, they're so placid and self contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth… Walt Whitman ( from Song Of Myself 1891)
Today is the last day of a fairly long January that brought us more snow than normal, some cold temperatures but nothing out of the ordinary for us people who live in the frozen tundra they call Minnesota. I hear a large storm is brewing for much of the nation..we are north of that storm..so we will just get a couple of inches of snow and below zero weather. Just another fine day in Minnesota:)