Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Words On A Wednesday: Birds and Clouds

There haven't been many photographic opportunities lately. So when a flock of American Avocets showed up at the marsh, I was delighted.
And when the fog finally retreated after a week of bleak grey skies and revealed a cloud against the bluest of blues, I was jumping for joy.
These brief moments of beauty are the balance to all else.

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  1. Did you get any pictures -- or even better, video -- of you actually, you know, jumping?

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    1. Paul-- No photo or video, but I definitely did my happy dance and jumping!

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  2. Beautiful! Is your power back on consistently now? I'm probably behind in the news!

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    1. Steve-- Yes, we've had consistent power, but we're still ready for another blackout whenever those crazies decide to turn it off again.

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  3. Fog is certainly depressing.

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  4. Love those clouds in the second photo

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  5. Avocets are such lovely birds.

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  6. The clouds and the sky were worth the wait and probably the wait made you appreciate them more.
    Glad for now anyway you are not being put in the dark on a regular basis and are safe from fires.

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    1. Patti-- We're glad that for now things are okay, no power outages predicted. We are living in such interesting times.

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  7. I know people who love the fog. As a person who is working to find beauty in everything I do try but it brings me down in a way that makes the search hard. I keep trying to reevaluate that old relationship and find what others find.....comfort, solace and peace. Ah well, it's a journey.

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    1. Linda-- I wouldn't mind the fog so much if it would just BURN OFF instead of hanging around for weeks at a time. There are some beautiful things about fog, but I've had enough.

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  8. We have to hold on to those moments of beauty and see them as the promise of better. It's what gets me through.

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes, the promise of better. Beauty does give me hope.

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  9. I don't know if your Avocets are the same species as ours but they certainly look the same. Despite their elegant beauty they are also feisty, aggressive birds, especially around breeding time. I seldom do "jumping for joy" these days but I still have a spring in my step from time to time!

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    1. John-- I did wonder about describing them as delicate. It's mostly their graceful elegance rather than their personalities. With all the walking you do, I would imagine you have quite a spring in your step.

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  10. For a time I was a bird-watcher, travelling to and from the RSPB sites. Binoculars, powerful but compact, bought for the job, stand on my desk as I type; my study overlooks a wooded area and you never know. Magpies, pigeons and crows are, unsurprisingly, regular visitors. But once a bird belonging to that category bird-watchers have labelled in their frustration - "small and brown" - fizzed by before I could even grab the binocs. Darn! But isn't that part and parcel of bird-watching?

    I remember my delight when I saw my first avocet. Delight because that curved bill makes identification certain. And certainty is what it's all about.

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    1. Roderick-- I spent a good deal of time bird-watching too. When we retired back in 2004, it became a new part of my life and a way to focus my new free attention. Then, one day I saw an atmospheric optic, an iridescent cloud. The way the sun interacts with ice and water crystals in our beautiful skies has filled me with more joy than I can say. It is their ephemeral beauty that knocks me out. I love Avocets, but oh give me arcs and halos.

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  11. Avocets have a charm and appeal all of their own, quite distinct from other species. I always think they look quite grand, distinguished in a way.

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    1. David-- Yes, I agree. Whenever we see them at the marsh I am compelled to photograph them.

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