Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

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We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. ~ Aldo Leopold

I have featured a brown pelican in an earlier post. These gawky on land yet graceful in the air birds were once on the endangered list because of mankind’s misuse of the land with loss of their habitat and overuse of insecticides, specifically DDT. The quote above spoke to me of how mankind often forgets that we are members of the world community that consists not only of other peoples but other species as well.

Above is pictured a community of brown pelicans that I entitled “chairmen of the board”. They are patiently awaiting the return of the fishing boats at Turtle Cove on the Texas Gulf coast. You can set your watch by them. They will come flying in, hovering just off the surface of the water, before climbing the breeze to sit on their lookout post that overlooks the pier. The coveted sitting spot is the actual lamp and these fellows jockey for that position just as chairmen jockey for a seat at the head of the table.


2 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

    • We had a bay house south of Palacios. Just moved to NC. These guys were on Goose Island near Rockport. Pelicans are hilarious to watch and are great subjects to practice your panning since they fly in level slow flights compared to other birds. Also if you watch them in one locale they all have a similar flight path based on the air currents. So you get multiple opportunities to practice once you know the path.

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