Wednesday, April 22, 2009

We are in the last week of our travels in the Sea of Cortez, heading slowly south. We've now reached Isla San Francisco. Yesterday we ran out of orange juice, and cooked the last of the meat. Today we put the last of the beer in the refrigerator. The weather has been wonderful - hot and clear during the day, with bright stars at night.

We have been watching the Magnificent Frigatebirds circle over our boat since we first entered Mexican waters. They are big birds and they have a greater wingspan (upwards of 7-8 feet) in proportion to their weight than any other bird. But because they fly so high, and because there is a striking angular shape to their wings, they seem like calligraphic marks in the sky. I have been trying to photograph them, to see if I could capture the sense of their slow loops above a bay. Maybe it requires the drama of movement, or maybe I just haven’t gotten the right photo, but I haven’t yet done them justice.

2 Comments:

Blogger Owen said...

The frigate bird was inspiring for many people through history. It was was revered by the people of Easter Island. Motifs that incorporate the bird can be found in the rock art and it plays a large role in the oral history of the island.

April 25, 2009 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We are in the last week of our travels in the Sea of Cortez,"

Sounds like some major change is about to occur.

"Today we put the last of the beer in the refrigerator."

For me that would be a crisis in MX.

What are the plans? Are you ever going to return to the PNW?

April 26, 2009 4:54 PM  

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