Wednesday, October 10, 2007

That restless feeling

The shortening autumn days trigger a restlessness inside migratory birds. The pre-migratory restlessness (called zugenruhe) causes them to take flight for no apparent reason other than to simply … move. That is, until the temperature reaches a certain level and the winds turn southerly just enough for the birds to take action and channel that nervous energy into a purposeful migratory flight.

Funny thing is, I’ve felt that same restlessness from time to time, and felt the urge to just … move. Move from jobs, relationships, situations. Sometimes the winds blew just the right way and I acted on that restlessness. Other times, I stayed put. Sometimes it’s a tricky thing, deciding whether to go or stay.

There's a kind of a restless feeling and it catches you off guard
As we gaze off at the distance through the trees in my back yard
I can feel that restless yearning of those geese as off they roam
Then trade that for a warm bed and a place I can call home

Gordon Lightfoot, “Restless”

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.


tetsu said...

So beautiful!! :-)

Michael said...

I just love your photographs. The last four were especially fantastic.

Take Care

Wanda said...

I feeling I think we all experience from time to time. Looking at the birds with their freedom, and wanting to fly away!
Beautiful photo and narative!

Kim said...

Great composition! Love the early morning colors, and the birds add the perfect touch to this one. Your stories are always so touching. Well done!

Jessica said...

Very very nice composition!

engloy said...

Wonderful moment captured, James. The alignment of all the elements in the picture, the trees, the sun, the foreground grass blades and the birds in flight is perfect!

Trans-itions Photography said...

What a sad surprising shock
My condolences

an unhappy moment to find all your wonderful flickr photos

Regis said...

So nice and peaceful. Great shot !