The Phoenix, photographed at Big Sur, California. 
An ancient symbol of eternal life, the Phoenix is a mythical bird. Often depicted as a bird of prey, it is also associated with the rising sun. According to legend, every thousand years when the Phoenix senses that its life is coming to an end, it builds itself a funeral pyre made from cinnamon and other aromatic materials and allows itself to be consumed by fire, only to rise again from its own ashes. 

The Phoenix, photographed at Big Sur, California. 

An ancient symbol of eternal life, the Phoenix is a mythical bird. Often depicted as a bird of prey, it is also associated with the rising sun. According to legend, every thousand years when the Phoenix senses that its life is coming to an end, it builds itself a funeral pyre made from cinnamon and other aromatic materials and allows itself to be consumed by fire, only to rise again from its own ashes.