Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Power Of Flight
First, I think this is similar to a post I wrote a few days ago called, The Birds. They both include several shadowy photos of birds flocking in barren trees. The difference is that this time these birds were only a few feet away from me. One almost flew into me!
When I was on my way back to the front of the park, I encountered this noisy flock of robins gathered in the trees here. They were flying around back and forth. Some were staying on the same branches for several minutes before moving on, and some would only stay for seconds at a time.
Sometimes pictures are the best way to show some things though. Showing a bird frozen in flight can only be done with a photograph. No video can capture that long enough for you to sit there and study the pattern of the wings and the shape of the bird like a photo can.
When I decided to finally leave them there, I had to walk directly under the whole flock. I pulled the hood of my coat up over my head, and then hunched over to look at the ground as I quickly made my way through that awful gauntlet. I'm happy to report that none of them even tried to get me with their little homing missiles.
With that final thought, I'll leave you for today!