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Helen Macdonald
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Reindeer Moss

This represented patience and reminded Helen of how her father taught her that lesson.

Mint in Ice Cream

This was something found in a dessert and that made Helen think that the item would never grow again.


This first symbolized security and then as the training of Helen’s hawk progressed, it represented confinement.

Apocalyptic Rain

This was a weather pattern that was a reflection of Helen’s mood the summer after her father died.

Father's Car

This was something that Helen inherited after her father died and where she kept his old photography and press equipment.

Twin Brother

This was Helen's sibling, who didn’t survive childbirth, but that Helen still felt a connection to.


These were leather straps that kept hawks from flying away and that created a connection between falconers and their birds.

"You Can't Keep a Good Man Down"


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