by Henry David Thoreau
This image was chosen because it is a literal representation of this sentence. There is a hawk flying over the waves, and surveying the elemental power that is the water.
This second image is describing another meaning through context. This is the USS Kitty Hawk that is part of the US Military, the small planes are represented as the hawk who is surveying the powerful or "elemental unfledged pinions of the sea". The military/ship is the driving force (pinions) in this image and the sea is representational of our country and safety. The image put with the sentence can bring about a completely different meaning from what the original author had intended.
This last image is of Obama's inauguration and is also representational instead of literal. Obama is like the hawk who is surveying over the pinions of driving force of the sea which is America.