It is my new friend - a juvenile Cooper’s Hawk. I hear it daily, often in the late afternoon as the cries it makes are heard across the treetops, soaring to the next destination. The coloring is so beautiful, with subtle blue grays and browns with wonderful patterns. I think about the natural dyes I want to use to recreate these beasts in art. Raptors, I realize are out hunting other birds and rodents. The smaller and vulnerable species that are within the hawks vision are susceptible, but do I love to watch these beasts. Clever and adept. Perfectly crafted in their build and structure to live, eat and survive. They are nature’s engineering at it’s best.