Landscape Notes

Observations of places and things in a disconnected postmodern world

Category: Birds in the Landscape

Birds are a beacon of hope in the landscape. I think this is because they can fly, which suggests escape from trouble and freedom from problems. It is also that they sing; even in times of great distress they may still flute out a song, in praise of what? In a verse from the poem “Hope is the thing with feathers" Emily Dickinson uses the imagery of a bird's continuous song to represent the eternal hope we all look for: "Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all".

Swallow in flight

Swallow

— Swallow in flight. Collins Road, Hamilton.

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Birds in the Landscape

— New Zealand Native Tui in flight.

— New Zealand Native Tui in flight.

Sparrows on the Wing

Sparrows. Hamilton

Sparrows. Adare Farm, Hamilton.

Osytercatchers

Oystercatchers, so busy flitting about, like poetry in motion. Dancing back and forth with the waves they snap-up any morsel revealed by the shifting sands and fruitful ocean.

Oystercatchers. Te Karo Bay, New Zealand.

Oystercatchers. Te Karo Bay, New Zealand.

Oystercatchers. Te Karo Bay, New Zealand.

Oystercatchers. Te Karo Bay, New Zealand.

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Herons

White-faced herons. Opoutere, New Zealand.

White-faced herons. Opoutere, New Zealand.

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