In one of the most beautiful essays I have read, George Orwell writes:
"Indeed it is remarkable how Nature goes on existing unofficially, as it were, in the very heart of
London. I have seen a kestrel flying over the Deptford gasworks, and I have heard a first-rate performance by a blackbird in the Euston Road. There must be some hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of birds living inside the four-mile radius, and it is rather a pleasing thought that none of them pays a halfpenny of rent"
('Some Thoughts on the Common Toad', 1946)
Artist: David Sipress, The New Yorker, November 2012