Thursday, November 12, 2009

Flying Rats

I know they're considered pests.
I know my darling ex called them "Flying Rats."
Or was that seagulls? No matter.


I know pigeons leave messes on statues
and park benches


and sometimes even on people.


But don't you think these guys
are pretty?


They've got colorful eyes


and a vast range of feather designs.

They're very entertaining and useful too.
They make soft little noises
and keep Times Square free of crumbs.

That's kind of a miracle, when you think of it.

And lest you get all hrr-umphity on me,
consider this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

The invariable mark of wisdom
is to see the miraculous in the ordinary.

There.
Don't you feel better about pigeons?

6 comments:

beth said...

I love all birds....always have !!
thanks for making me smile !

lakeviewer said...

Yea, all creatures have a job to do, in the big scheme of things.

Maggie's garden said...

They belong here just as we do. And I think we can be just as messy. I guess I should speak for myself....hmm. Nice photos. Hope you are feeling better.
xxoo

Kathryn Magendie said...

I rarely see pigeons anymore! But, they are pretty!

kt said...

meri, last month i watch a mom (or dad) pigeon take care of one of their babies that had fallen out of the nest they made a new nest on a well in our yard and feed the little pigeon everyday now this little pigeon is flying around and claiming a small pine tree in our yard.
kt

Stephen Baird said...

Great shots Meri.
I am always surprised by the amount of color there is in a pigeon neck and head if you catch it in perfect light.
NikonSniper Steve