August 2009

Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 09:21:45 -0400
Subject: August 21

Dear Lincoln,

I was sickened when I viewed your pictures this morning. I dont understand the purpose of the close up intimate detail of the small creature in the claws of "the stranger"and the imminent dismemberment that is implied in the numerous photos presented.

I understand that in the wild, some creatures die in order for others to live.
The numerous close ups seem "sick" to me especially sent by an individual as sensitive as you are.

You always capture the essence of the wildlife in Central Park in breathtaking detail. Dwelling on the demise of this small creature is unecessary.

A daily viewer who admires your gift and tireless attempts to share your passion.

Windsor, CT


Dear Barbara,

Many people who view my work each day write to express their opinions which I appreciate. Without this type of feedback my work will surely stagnate. Some people are 'sickened' when I capture an airplane in the frame with a hawk because it reminds them of '911'. Some people are 'grossed out' by closeups of insects--they tell me it makes their blood crawl. One person that I can recall recently didn't like images of frogs.
So here I am in Riverside Park yesterday blessed with the opportunity to be an observer of this natural scene; what should I do? Should I hide the images? Then that would suggest that some shameful act was taking place here. I do not believe that this is a shameful act, in fact I believe that this is a sacred act. This mouse has now ascended to something higher and is part of another wholesome and worth animal on this earth.
I am sorry that you were repulsed by what my intention had been to delight you. At the sight of the mouse being consumed by the hawk you and other viewers which may hopefully include the custodians of the NYC Parks should be sensitized to the natural circle of life and be mindful of how our human behavior and habits affects these neighbors of ours. As for me, when I see something like this I want to make sure that there are no rodent poisons in the parks and no balloons and kite strings stuck in the trees so Nature can conduct her business without unnecessary problems.
Do not for one moment think that my heart was never grieved by the sight of the helpless mouse in the grasp of the hawk. If so then you must completely missed who I am.



Do you think Barb was as upset when Michael Vick killed dogs, or Sarah stood in front of a man killing Turkeys. I have been looking at your page for the past 3 years and have never been offended by any of your photo's. Keep up the great work.
Did you get any Photo's of the devastation in the park due to the storm.

Thank you,
Donna C.


Hi Lincoln,
Your photos are fabulous. Every one of them is special. Whether it be an insect or flower or duck or mouse or hawk or any other of the creatures of Central Park and the other sites you visit and photograph. People need to be shown that life is an unending circle. Hawks keep the rodent population under control. So do owls and snakes. It is important for humans not to poison the food that hawks and other critters eat. Your photographs offer us an opportunity to see the daily life and doings of hawks and other animals and insects that we normally would not see. The close-up shots of insects are really interesting. They are so well adapted to their own niche. Your photos bring the natural world to life and make us aware that we share this planet with many different organism Thank you so much for sharing your talent of photography and writing. You are special.
Margaret L.


Hi, Lincoln.
Just wanted to say that I am in support of you re the controversy about the photos of the hawk catching prey. People are very removed here from the day to day necessities of what it takes to exist and survive in the wild (and the world, in general). You only do a service by showing the process.


Melissa S.


Your photography is always nothing short of spectacular. This "mouse" incident reminds me of a while ago when Natl. Geo. photigraphers Derek & Beverly Joubert were severly critized by people when their pictures of 3 gorgeous tiger cubs were taken, & then shortly thereafter, they were eaten by a huge snake in view of the photographers.
Should they/should they not have intervened? Very sad, any way you look at it. Nature gives us such beauty & such violence all in one fell swoop!!! You are the best, whatever you do.



I love the work you do, I don't think it's cruel to show the Hawks eating other prey. To me it's just part of life. You remind me of my daughter. She loves all creatures. I wish I could be in Central Park and don't let anyone bring you down.

Your Friend
Sylvia G.


Thank you Lincoln for all the beautiful photo of the natural scenes. I for one enjoy seeing the hawks eating their prey and hope you keep photographing this.

I have been reading about the devastating destruction of the trees in Central Park on Maries Winns site. She hasn't mentioned yet how the various animals are doing. Do you know If say for instance the juvie hawks are okay especially in Riverside.

Thank you so much


Dear Lincoln,

Your ready response to my e-mail this morning is very much appreciated.

I am in awe and fascinated by the immense creativity evident in the variety of every living creature created by God's hand.

That man has destroyed species and their habitats is deplorable and I am grateful for your efforts to identify and do away with man's inhumanity to any creature.

I feel you missed the point of my e-mail.

There were 12 extremely close up pictures of the mouse and the hawk.

Clearly, your point was made with the first picture--the hawk needs to kill in order to survive and will naturally take care of the Park's rodent problem.

The amount of pictures (12) depicting the "circle of life" was not delightful. In my estimation "less would be more".

Thank you for your consideration.