George Gonzalez (54, born in the United States) . . . I've lived in Miami, Florida for most of my life (although I did reside in California, Minnesota, and New Jersey for a number of years). Following receiving my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California (1997), I have been a professor of political science at the University of Miami (FL) since 1999. As a scholar, I've published a number of works on the environment (global warming, air pollution, water pollution).
After studying the world scientifically (i.e., as a thing) for my entire adult life I found this approach lacking and came to understand that the world is much more than matter and energy (material reality). Henceforth, in 2015 I became intensely interested in photography, seeking out the poetry/beauty in the world. Since that time, I've passionately pursued a number of projects in South Florida – focusing on the birds of the region.
Ode to Red-Shouldered Hawk
The North Star in an Everglades forest with colorful aviary gems, the Red-Shouldered Hawk – strong, stern, formidable.
Yellow beak, black point, red, brown, feathered– nature’s shining beauty in the tree tops.
The sharp eyes of the food chain that’s burning with life and from the sun.
Will you fly with us into a future that’s uncertain?
Will you travel alone, or will others be present to admire your prowess?
Can you survive – with all your friends – mindless cruelty?
Stand tall, calling out to brethren.
Sit idly with others – briefly.
It’s time to soar.