Every year, Steve Bissette takes his Drawing class to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) to sit in a classroom and draw owls, falcons, and vultures (and one turtle). I was really taken with the turkey vulture.

Maybe it was just because I was listening to Tom Waits’ Bone Machine, but I couldn’t stop thinking about scavengers when I got home. They don’t seem to garner the sense of awe that eagles get, but I’m glad someone is there to clean up everyone’s messes.