I can't help it..... My mind wanders at night at such, and yes...at such times I connect to birds. Two birds above...two ducks.... One being the Black Duck while the other being the Northern Pintail.
Now you see, you see.....both ducks are readily available for viewing at Forsythe or other 'watery areas' if desire 'finds' you. Seek out I say and you shall find. Or maybe, rather than 'find' , let shift just for a moment to 'fine'.....
One small letter...a difference of D to an E, will shake things up just a bit. The word 'find' is when I look for a particular object and I actually see it, as opposed to the word 'fine' where I think what I am viewing is from the bottom of my heart, you look impressive.......simply marvelous darling or, 'you are fine'.
Given the two and only those two (as the Gadwall comes to mind to in replace of the black duck).... let's just concentrate on those two. Which of the two do you just 'find' and which one is actually very 'fine'? Of the two ducks, whom might be the 'finest' of them all?
Most likely a mere observation will suffice. By chance, did you select the same as I ? Did you say to yourself, and perhaps muttering a bit so as not to cast less doubt amongst the confidence level of 'black ducks' that they are 'just a find' ...or something that is almost everyday in appearance and lacks, well...'fineness' shall we say? And by chance did you select in your mind that the Northern Pintail is, really fine? Fine...marvelous....impressive?
Personally when I am out scoping waterbirds and come across the very elegant Northern Pintail, I must admit, that to a degree....I am taken back just a bit by the utter 'fineness' of the Pintail. The silhouette does justice, eh? The long tail coming to a point....the sleek lines, the almost stand-off-ish looks, the separation of colors that do so contrast. Pure fineness. Class, upper breed....you come away with the feeling that you just met a bit of royalty on the water.
So to continue....and to shift from ducks to humans and yet, let's try to keep the same 'find' and 'fine' thing going on here. Look below....
Eleanor and Leo..... Who is the Black Duck and who is the 'fine' Northern Pintail? Sadly as life plays with us, there are some people in history that are just not going to get much of a break. Yes I know, this is a bit cruel and from an historical perspective, she was a 'first lady before her time'. But as mentioned at first, my mind wanders a bit at night and as such, I think of birds. Earlier as it may have been, I was reminded of both Eleanor and Leo as I flipped channels, being self-quarantined of course. Now, and as such,...the connection between bird and human came about.