Saturday, December 20, 2008

All In A Row

I have changed the photo at the very top of my blog page. Not for any good reason. But because I thought it was interesting to discover that I had not one, but two photos of seven birds lined up in a row. The previous photo [somewhere in this entry -- it keeps moving around] featured a line of seagulls standing on some rocks at the edge of a very blue Lake Michigan, early one summer afternoon. I shot that picture from the window of my friend's house up in Door County, Wisconsin -- a spit of land that sticks out into the lake like a thumb.

The replacement picture, way at the top of the page, is one I shot at sunset in Duck, North Carolina on the Outer Banks, looking westward toward the bay side, not the ocean side. The birds are probably mergansers.

The two pictures have nothing in common except for the serendipitous line up of seven birds, which I find muy intriguing, although I can't tell you why.

Do birds hang out in groups of seven for a reason? Is this just some cosmic coincidence? Or something more practical -- so they can have a nice balanced "V" when they fly -- one in the center and three on either side? Are seven birds all lined up a sign of the Apocalypse? Or an indication of possible OCD traits in feathered creatures?

Like any of us has a clue.


cw2smom said...

I like your new photo very much and I am now on a quest to look at every bird/water photo I have taken to see if there are 7 birds lined up. However, I do know in my own header photo I've only noticed 2 gulls, but they were on rocks and not actually IN the water. Hmmm. Obviously a whole different set of circumstances. LOL! Blessings for a wonderful holiday Mrs. L!

Chris said...

Do you have one of seven swans a swimming?

Remo said...

I'd prefer 8 maids "a milking."

7 birds and I carry a 15-round magazine. It sounds like overkill to me. Don't tell Obama.