2.11.2010

Taking Flight

I've been watching these birds for a while. Pigeons, I think; I'm no birder. They always hang out in the same place, right up the street and across the tracks from us. I often pass them while driving and wish I had my camera. Every photographer needs a few birds on the wire shots.

The other day, I grabbed my camera as Aidan and I left the house to walk downtown to the fabric shop (a fabric store within walking distance is a very, very good thing). I wasn't even thinking about the birds as I slung my camera over one shoulder. Then there they were and there I was, ready to aim and shoot.

birds on wire

The birds make the most wonderful cooing sound. I took a couple pictures and continued on my walk, then I heard a different sound. A flapping of wings, all at once, and off they went, swooping and twisting and turning. Like synchronized swimmers in the air.

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The birds turned to gold, illuminated by the setting sun peeking out from under the gray, cloudy sky before disappearing behind the shadowed hills.

Then they settled back on their perch, right where they'd been all day, every day, as if they'd never left.

back on the wire

I know why the perched bird flies. I've been feeling the need to take off and stretch my wings, so I'm giving myself the rest of the month off from this space to enjoy my flight. Tomorrow we're going north to the coast, then shortly after that we're heading east to the mountains. I'm going to swoop and twist and turn, then I'll settle back on my perch and tell you all about it, and it will be as if I never left.

33 comments:

  1. Don't forget to make the sweet coo-ing noises while you're gone... Safe travels!

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  2. fly little bird. fly. we will be waiting to hear of your flight.

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  3. Have a wonderful journey.
    theprairiegirl.com

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  4. Enjoy your time away, and know that we will be hear patiently awaiting your return!

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  5. I love birds on a wire photos, art, everything! Enjoy your travels.

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  6. The ocean! The mountains! Sounds wonderful. I'm guessing you'll be seeing lots of different fellow birds, not just pigeons. Enjoy the family time.

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  7. Have a wonderful trip and a great blog-cation.

    Happy travels.

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  8. No cooing in the car on the way north! Looking forward to the trip, but hope our arms don't get too tired! See you soon!
    Love
    Dad

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  9. Great photos. Enjoy your trip.

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  10. I was just thinking yesterday that we don't take flight nearly enough and that we could all use a little dose of adventure - or new land. Have fun. I'll be excited to hear about where you went.

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  11. Loved those photos! Have a lovely break - look forward to hearing all about it when you get back :D

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  12. I love watching birds fly in large groups, so fascinating!

    Have a great trip!

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  13. You have a way with words :) Enjoy the break.

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  14. sounds great molly. have a wonderful time.

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  15. I hope you are a homing pigeon.

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  16. have a wonderful trip. you'll be missed here.

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  17. Sounds wonderful, enjoy your time! And looking forward to tales and photos of your adventures!

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  18. Have a fantastic trip. Enjoy spreading you wings and flying. I nominated you for the sunshine award over at my blog. Head over there when you get back to check it out and accept.
    Great Job,
    Pacy
    http://pacycrochets.blogspot.com/

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  19. Have a great trip! I'll miss your cyberpresence while you're gone.

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  20. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

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  21. I love those beautiful golden birds. Have a happy trip!

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  22. have a wonderful flight! anticipating your return.

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  26. Birds are so amazing, so untouchable and mysterious. You've captured them well here!

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