Friday, December 28, 2007

Cud-Chewing Retrospection

Dear Bill of the Birds Readers:

There's nothing like the end of another year blurring past to force one to be retrospective (can that word be used as an adjective? I'm feeling introspective in a retroactive way...). Here we are, mere days from el fin del año and I am trying to s l o w d o w n, to savor the good from this year, to excise the bad, and perhaps most importantly of all, to be in the moment.


I just wish there were more time in each day--or at least time available in larger chunks. In spite of my best intentions to get a worthwhile, meaty post up here in this very blog every day, I often find myself falling asleep thinking "Dang! I forgot to blog today!" Or worse, sitting on my tuffet chewing my cud, when it occurs to me "Hey! You haven't blogged in several days!" Work and life intrude on, um, work and life and the time flows past in the aforementioned blur. And there is no way to stop time as far as I can tell.

The truly original band They Might Be Giants probably said it best in their song Older.

You're older than you've ever been. And now you're even older, and now you're even older, and now you're even older. . . .
You're older than you've ever been. And now you're even older
. . . . .
and now you're older still.

think happy thoughts.

So to stave off the effects of aging, I've been scanning through my iPhoto library for 2007 looking at the photographic highlights and low lights. Some of the images I'm finding are surprising--and interesting enough to be the subject of a post or two here in BOTB.

Here's a neat series of pix I took in Florida last January, of a little blue heron striking at a fish and missing. Nothing outlandishly special about these images. But they do capture a moment in time quite vividly.

Stalking the shallows.

"Hold still little fishy. I'm not gonna hurt you! I just want to pet you with my dagger-like bill."


And comes up empty. Ah, well. There are other fish in the sea!

I doubt that that little blue heron is still hungry. But he IS older than he's ever been. And now he's even older. . .

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