This is not the bird I remember.

My chauffeur, Barb, and I ventured to Alton, IL April 12 to see if we could find the Piasa Bird:  that majestic bird of folklore composed of the winged body of a lion and antlered head of some strange bird, but what we found is shown in this barely recognizable photograph.  Where the bird I remembered from the 1990’s was painted orange, blue, red and yellow — the ferocious bird I introduced to my impressionable young son — this one is the colors that you barely distinguish:  mostly 2 shades of red like a flag and then barely visible tan lines along the head.  What a disappointment!

Here for your enjoyment are links to the Piasa Bird if you would like more information.  Meanwhile I wish I’d had a decent camera in the 1990’s so I could have captured that terrifying bird and my son’s face the first time he saw it.



About sandrabranum

I'm a philosopher, dreamer, poet, writer -- not necessarily in that order -- and I get to write it all down and share it with the world thanks to the Wonderful World Wide Web!
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