Sunday, July 04, 2010

Tenement Birds



As I wrote in the prior post, it was one of those very calm and quiet early summer mornings.  Everything living was tentatively waiting for the hot sun to break over the horizon and wondering how to begin another day trying to exist and make some progress in the steam bath that is here to stay for many weeks more.  I dipped the canoe paddle into the silver surface and gently headed beneath the highway bridge toward the open marsh hoping to enjoy the early morning 'cool' as long as I could.  I saw the silhouettes of swallows against the gray blue sky on the other side.  They were already diving and swooping for an early breakfast.  As I pulled into the dark shade beneath the bridge and beneath the regular and intermittent rattle of the cars on the highway above, I looked up and saw these twins sitting regally.  I wondered what solemn conversation I had interrupted.  It was a Paris Hilton with her BFF moment to be sure and their look made me feel I should have dressed better and should not be eavesdropping (although technically I was bridge-dropping).   Actually, regarding dropping...no I won't go there.




Such elegant seriousness.  They did not have that look of the starving young leaning forward with over sized gapping mouths. They did not have that look of startled young calling in shrill notes for mom and dad to return and save them from this giant below.  Instead they had the look of royal resignation about how boring life can be when you are waiting to be waited on.  They knew that eventually the mosquito caviar would be served.  Living in a castle surrounded by the noise of 'civilization' and resigned to the rumble of man's machines overhead until their graduation would release them from such irritation was their accepted fate.



Patient and regal, they keep their royal prince and princess style by staying so amazingly clean while living in a nest of mud.  

12 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha. magnificent descriptions of their royalness....the pic was messing withe my eyes at first with that green background....very cool shots though...

lakeviewer said...

Superb description, cool and calm and majestic.

slommler said...

Oh what a wonderful surprise! You captured their personalities so well. Definitely royalty! Beautiful photos!
Hugs
SueAnn

Leah J. Utas said...

Beautiful. And that last photo is so serious.

Crystal Escobar said...

oh wow, beautiful pictures and you're an AMAZING writer!!!
I'm new here and was completely engaged in each word you wrote. You've got a real talent.
Just became a follower :)

Angie said...

What a charming post---and beautiful photos! I adore the Swallows!

Dave King said...

Wonderful evocation. Made me wish I was dipping my paddle in the water again.

Pauline said...

I had to put my glasses on and enlarge the photo. A Paris Hilton moment indeed lol

I was in the canoe with you, your description was so vivid.

tattytiara said...

Oh beautifully described. I really enjoyed your perspectives.

deb said...

way to weave a tale...
and birds are simply just a mystery.
stubborn, oblivious, cautiuos, majestic,
all the things I can't get enough of admiring

blunoz said...

Beautiful photos, and I love the way you tell the story to go with them. Very nice!

Hilary said...

You do nature so well.