Friday, August 8, 2014

The Wonderful Cormorant

  What happens to the cormorants during the Summer? They must be out there somewhere, but I only seem to notice them in the Winter. Maybe because so many birds fly South, they stand out against the bleak, bird-less landscape. Cormorants always cheer me up during the Winter. On sunny days (or more likely sunny moments during a cloudy day) I see them in the middle of the water, standing on a buoy with wings outstretched. They look like they are embracing the sunshine. Or like they are members of some ancient religion that worships the sun.
   When I was little and would spend my time pondering over which animal would be the best to turn into, I usually settled on a duck. I liked that they seem to feel equally comfortable in the air, on the water and on land. Ducks do not have the same lousy limitations that us humans have. But if I had known about the cormorant back in my childhood, I am sure I would haven chosen this bird instead to transform into if given the choice. They do not merely float on the water, but dive deep into, like a bird momentarily transformed into a fish.
  Another thing about cormorants- they are goofy. They are not graceful or dainty like most birds. Their looks are wonderfully strange.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for being you.

And that is a compliment I don't hand out willy nilly.

Amber said...

Thanks Trez! That is very sweet of you to say.