Wednesday wanderingsPosted: February 8, 2012
Today feels like a good day to wander around in the archives a little. You never know where it might lead.
For this post, my wanderings took me back to Colorado in August of 2010. Specifically to Painted Mines Interpretive Park in Calhan, Colorado. The Painted Mines are located on the Colorado eastern plain approximately 30 miles east of Colorado Springs. I’ve mentioned Painted Mines in previous posts (and wanderings through the archives).
One of the things I loved most about the plains of Colorado was the spaciousness. The sky is huge and seems to stretch out forever.
M and I were there on a day when storms were whipping through so the clouds give it more of a closed feeling than when the sky was clear and blue and wide open.
You have to hike the path shown above to get to the mines. I’ll bring you some more photos of the trails and maybe the mines next week. Or tomorrow if I’ve nothing new to show you.
We had a visitation here in the Bogs this morning. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of blackbirds were in the air, on the ground, and in the trees. It looked like a scene out of Hitchcock’s film The Birds.
It is very difficult to capture such an event in a photograph. Even video didn’t work out well. I decided to go ahead and post some photos (all of them processed to some degree in Photoshop and Picnik) just so you can get a general idea of what it was like.
They didn’t seem to mind me standing on the balcony, struggling to get a good shot of them all. At one point thousands of them took off and flew straight towards me which was, of course, about the time I had turned off the camera and decided to enjoy the show.
The sound of so many birds in flight is incredible. The best way I can think of to describe it is as a quiet whooshing of millions of feathers.
Their chatter was pretty amazing too.
I would like more practice at trying to capture such a large number of birds. I think my mistake was in going too wide. I might have been better off zooming in and going for the patterns and abstract quality, something a little like the following photo which hasn’t had much processing done to it (resized for the web, sharpened a little, adjusted contrast a bit).
That’s it from the Bogs for today. Thank you so much for dropping by and joining me (and the blackbirds) on my wanderings. After the birds took off, the snow flurries arrived, but didn’t amount to more than a dusting. If the trend from this winter continues, that means it will warm up again soon.
Happier of happy though I be, like them I cannot take possession of the sky, mount with a thoughtless impulse, and wheel there, one of a mighty multitude whose way and motion is a harmony and dance magnificent.
~ William Wordsworth