I was doing a yoga session in my living room on a sunny, Sunday morning, with Adriene on Youtube coaching me on the big screen. From a Forward Fold position, getting a really nice stretch, I moved into a Mountain Pose, when I happened to look out the window into our backyard. I noticed a woodpecker in the tree. A peck here, a chisel there, it was just hopping around contentedly. But it was alone. While most birds seem to come in female/male pairs, or flocks; woodpeckers, I have noticed, are always alone.
This was my contemplation, as I moved into a Downward Dog pose. Do woodpeckers have a personality problem, maybe too bossy or territorial, or are they just loners? I thought of the phrase, “if you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. I know that many bird species mate for life. Kind of like humans, unless thereâ€™s a divorce.
But birds can’t get divorced, separation more likely from a successful coyote or a Cooperâ€™s Hawk.
Moving into a Plank Pose, I pondered birds in a flock. For me, these flocks seem like a vast, chaotic mayhem, especially when they all have the same colouring. I wonder if they can even tell each other apart, or is it a bird orgy.
And I wonder if thereâ€™s some hanky-panky going on here, or same-sex curiosity. Iâ€™ve seen this kind of behavior in ducks.
Finally, as I whisper â€śNamasteâ€ť, I wonder if we all look the same to birds. What do birds, and animals in general, think of humans? This is serious stuff to meditate onâ€¦ and keep you in the present moment.
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January 4, 2022 at 10:55 pm
Len, Is the pin hole camera a camera you made, or is the photo a simulation of what a pin hole camera would produce using a modern camera?
January 4, 2022 at 11:59 pm
Len, this is a DIY pinhole. Basically it’s the body cap for a Fuji X-E2s digital camera with a pinhole. These 3 photos are SOOC (straight out of the camera). And here’s the poem I wrote for the week 53 photo…
Black and white
Rich and poor
Left and right
We are sharp
Will save the world
January 5, 2022 at 9:07 pm
Len, to answer your question, the reason woodpeckers are always alone is because they’re peckers.
January 5, 2022 at 9:51 pm
Oh! that makes sense. Now I understand. and… Happy New Year Bern!