Photographer Jennifer Packard's new book shows a birds-eye view of nature and nurture through the lens of compassion and humanity.
Enraptured by Raptors is a book inspired by a family of Red-shouldered hawks who find their way into the hearts of an urban community in the midst of uncertain times. Weeks into the initial throes of a world pandemic, nation-wide protests, and a contentious political election, a raptor nest is built by unwary hawks in a sycamore tree adjacent to a bustling Washington, D.C. bridge. Passing city busses and incessant foot traffic does little to deter the hawk family from its instinctual routine. People from all walks of life, and near and far neighborhoods, stop to visit the bridge and nest, watching wildlife unfold in all its splendor. But more is revealed than just the hatchlings. Nature is a panacea for what ails us, and brings us closer to the core of our existence. People of all ages will enjoy and relate to this heart-warming story of nature and nurture as shared in the photographs and field notes of Jennifer Packard.
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In our disrupted times, the neighborhood hawk family reminds us that life goes on — and that we’re all in this together.
Smithsonian Historian Emerita
With emotion and intimacy, Jennifer Packard's Enraptured by Raptors gives not only a snapshot in time of birds in the wild, but a deeply personal and resonant account of the lives of a very different but kindred species.
Conservation Lands Foundation
Packard weaves her and others’ experiences using photos, interviews and thoughtfully-penned field notes, into an endearing, informative read.
Jennifer Packard is a Washington, D.C.-based photographer who has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian, The (Louisiana) Advocate, and others. Previously, she served as a Public Affairs Officer in the Navy Reserves, and has also employed photography as a rehabilitative tool working with homeless women and at-risk youths.
See more of Jennifer's work at jenpackard.com
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