Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bad air day

You know it's true in your life. I am living witness of the fact.

You can try to be as graceful as you can, but something comes a long, a puff of wind, an unexpected thig-a-ma-jig right there where you wanted to land.

Whatever it is, it messes up your plans. You weren't expecting to have to make mid air maneuvers this close to the ground. You have no air speed left.

Flap your wings. Trim your feathers. Lean into the wind. Do what ever you have to so that you don't land belly first. Grace? We're talking about just salvaging the landing. You know: "Any landing you walk away from is a good landing."

This fellow at Audubon Park in New Orleans can tell you all about it. Even an Great Egret has a bad air day every once in a while. Hey it's life, you learn to live with it. Just remember all the good landings you had. That's the real you. Grace.

This ain't you.

--steve buser

17 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Birds are like that. Once they commit to landing it is hard to change without wrecking something.

Columbo said...

We have the same thing happening up here in Oregon witbh Canadian Geese. Quite a sight! Can't wait to get back to Audubon this October.

Boise Diva said...

If I could look that graceful in a sudden and unexpected change of plans, I would be grateful.

Halcyon said...

Your blog is looking nice!

Love the story to go with this photo. Very funny!

ananda.tashie said...

And still, as another said, there's such a flowing grace to the "oops" - beautiful. :)

Ben Wideman said...

A really powerful image. Thanks for sharing!

Laurie said...

A stunning image with your usual insightful prose. Everyone should bookmark this blog!

Virginia said...

Steve,
What a great shot. Loved the blow by blow of the landing as well.

Jilly said...

Well, this particular bird's gust of wind, or whatever it was, is our gain. A totally stunning photograph and a funny and wise commentary, as always. Great, just great.

Jon said...

I enjoyed this great photo and your lively text with it. It is always a treat to visit your blog and feast my eyes on your fine photography! (It also makes me "homesick" for the French Quarter apartment on Chartres that I had for many years.) How is the Botanical Garden at City Park these days?

Jon at Mississippi Garden in Vicksburg, MS on 7-30-08

Karola&Pamp said...

What a changes!!! We haven't been here for a long tine (no time unfotunately)...Very nice...very nice

Wanda said...

I think it looks like a bride in a flowing wedding gown.

Chris said...

This is something else!! I agree with boise . .Oh, that I should be that graceful when I trip. ;-)

Sorry to cut-and-paste this, but I wanted to let you know I visited today. Being away from home while at school for 10 days has put me way behind here, and trying to catch up here has put me way behind on what is already coming due for school, and it's a vicious circle some days. :-)

angela said...

Brilliant photo, brilliant text...I'm still smiling at the inconcongruity of its position. Nice to know even birds get it wrong sometimes..

KARIN said...

What a great shot! I have so enjoyed your pictures. I thought I'd leave a comment to tell you so. My husband went to LSUHSC Shreveport and we were fortunate to visit New Orleans many times. We still talk about moving there for private practice, especially when I show him some of your blog pictures.

Marie Reed said...

Great and kooky title! lol!

Sandy said...

Loved the photo and commentary! ha.