Wanderings & observations


We may not usually consider flocks of birds to be communities, but I think they fit the definition. Here, a small community of birders is photographing a flock of Black Skimmers at Bunche Beach on Florida’s west coast. When these two communities intersect, the human one derives an obvious benefit, but the bird community can benefit too, when the photographers’ images move people to understand, appreciate and continue to protect habitats and their inhabitants.

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “Community.” There are hundreds of photographic ideas of community to be found here.

31 responses

  1. I think your reflection of the situation is interesting. I see in this picture that you have done a great observation, like this!

    December 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  2. I love this community photo, Lynn. The perspective is really great. :-)

    December 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    • That’s what makes it, right? Creaky knees or not…

      December 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm

  3. Nice thought.

    December 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

  4. Great thought. May it be so! Don’t understand why, but I’m often drawn to shooting photographers, too. (especially the ones with tripods!) :D

    December 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

    • Oh it’s so totally tempting to take pictures of people taking pictures, and you’re right, especially when they’re all set up.

      December 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

  5. I recently did a one-day training for online community managers, and the very first thing that one of the trainers showed us to demonstrate “community” was this: a film of a flock of birds moving back and forth on the sky. Somehow the group itself keeps moving in different directions, and everyone follows, they stick together. Your interpretation is on spot here, and yes, how interesting to see what happens when one community follows another. Great post (again)!

    December 15, 2013 at 12:24 am

    • That’s great! I love to watch that motion of large flocks moving together. Somewhere online there are videos of humongous flocks that create amazing shapes when they swoop and turn.

      December 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  6. Love it! Particularly like how you extrapolated the interconnection into a positive impact for the bird community. I’d actually been contemplating posting some seagull photos for this challenge… great minds eh..? : )))

    December 15, 2013 at 3:50 am

    • Absolutely! I’m not surprised you thought of that – I get the impression you spend a LOT of time outside!

      December 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      • A walk with Monty each day, at least. : )))

        December 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

  7. Zen

    A group of photographers on one side, and the birds on the other. Very nice. :)

    December 15, 2013 at 4:13 am

    • All together now! Thanks!

      December 15, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      • Zen

        You’re welcome. :)

        December 15, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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  9. Fun choice! 2 communities in one shot :-)

    December 15, 2013 at 6:17 am

  10. Marvelous post, Lynn, and your message is the one that guides everything I’m doing in my new project. Here’s to those in community who help each other!

    December 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

    • Interesting – now I want to know more! Certainly your work depends on community, doesn’t it?

      December 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

  11. Beautiful shot, Lynn! Great choice for the challenge ;)

    December 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

  12. I particularly like the way in which the lines in this composition converge – the clouds in the sky, the ridges in the sand , the direction of the attention of three of the photographers. The fact that the fourth photographer is facing in the opposite direction somehow adds another layer of interest to the picture.

    December 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    • I wavered between cutting that person out and leaving her in, and finally it looked better with her there, which seemed counter-intuitive. But you have pointed out why it works. You’re always thinking Louis! A good thing, when you pass along your observations to the rest of us. :-)

      December 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm

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  14. Gosh you take great shots!

    December 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    • This was a lucky composition – there they were! – and then the processing really improved it. But OK Patti, thank you! :-)

      December 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      • But you saw it in the blink of an eye and grabbed it!

        December 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      • But Patti! SLOW moving target! Florida, not the streets of New York!! ;-)

        December 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  15. Love your interpretation.

    December 17, 2013 at 2:42 am

  16. Beautiful!

    December 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

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