Wednesday 20 August 2014

"a" for eagle

Arriving at the plateau, we hear the piercing cry of a startled marmot. Our eyes immediatly look upwards and there above our heads, we see a golden eagle soaring high on the light summer winds.

Spotting a golden eagles may be a rare occurence, even here in the Pyrenees. But whilst listening to the radio this morning, I was thrilled to discover this morning that golden eagles are infact all around us.  

Our modern lower-case letter "a", an ancient relic of Egyptian hieroglyphs, is infact based upon the shape of a perched eagle. 

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