Monday, September 28, 2009

the swifts

okay, these photos are a little hard to see, but if you look at all the little dots in the sky- those are birds. swifts, to be precise. apparently, every year during the month of september, thousands of swifts all come together every evening at sunset to roost in the chimney of portland's chapman elementary school. they slowly gather together in the sky and eventually form a swirling mass of wings that spirals straight down into the chimney.

the photos i took do not do justice to the actual sight of this annual phenomenon. plus it was so dark, i had to punch up the exposure on my camera as high as it would go and the pics still turned out dark. but if you live in/around portland, i recommend going to see this at least once in your life.
nature never ceases to amaze me. you can always find order and chaos working together in ways that are completely astonishing and utterly beautiful.

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