WE MUST HOLD CLOSE THE DIFFERENCES RATHER THAN THE SAMENESS AMONG US, THEREIN LIES THE GIFT....
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There is a
phenomenon in the ocean called a deep scattering layer.
It refers to a dense grouping of animal
life that is so thick that it appears as a land mass. Early sonar readings would find an unusually high seabed,
but were later to discover that the pinging echoes were being deflected by the
deep scattering layer…….a layer of marine life that “scatters” sound. In effect it gives a false reading on
things. It was only discovered
when someone realized it was moving.
loving the phrase itself, the image of this has stayed with me for the past
week.It makes me think of those
dense areas of our personalities that reflect things back to us and not always
accurately.Maybe old wounded
places, scar tissue, making it hard to see a clear picture of our parts.Or maybe it is the thought of deep rich
fluid wells of nurturance, soul food, a hidden variety that we would only see
at ocean bottom, things only
visible when we managed to get down, down under the surface movement.
Don’t you love
words or phrases that take you somewhere else. Words that pull you into an ocean of experience.
Imagine what it would be like to be underwater and swim into
the scattering layer.
I think it would feel odd to begin with. Scary maybe. The light would dim.
I remember swimming in a mountain lake in upstate New York many years ago on a hot summer afternoon, and as the day cooled, the small fish from the bottom were rising and I suddenly felt them bumping into my body, my legs and even my face. Initially it was terrifying but soon I relaxed and it became a sensation not unlike a massage. It was comforting even.
I wonder if humans will ever make peace with all of us critters... real and metaphorical.
I came upon this list of collective nouns for birds, and was struck by the beauty and bit of whimsey that seems to have accompanied the naming of such. I cannot find evidence of when this began or who actually assigned these descriptive words to bird groupings, but it got me thinking about other creatures......we could play here..... a TUMBLING of cats a YIPPING of coyotes....... a SLITHERING of snakes... an INCHING of worms, and then what we we do for HUMANS???? a YEARNING of humans? a TALK of humans? THOUGHT of humans? Send me any you think of, and in the meantime enjoy the birds!
aerie of eagles aerie of hawks ascension of larks band of jays bevy of doves bevy of quail bevy of swans bouquet of pheasants (when flushed) brace of ducks
brood of chickens
brood of chicks brood of hens brood of turkeys (immature) building of rooks bury of conies cast of hawks chain of bobolinks charm of finches charm of goldfinches charm of hummingbirds chattering of choughs chattering of chicks clamor of rooks clutch of chicks colony of gulls colony of penguins colony of vultures
company of parrots congregation of birds congregation of plovers conspirancy of ravens convocation of eagles cote of doves cover of coots covey of pheasants (on the ground) covey of ptarmigans covey of grouse covey of partridges covey of quail crèche of penguins deceit of lapwings descent of woodpeckers dissimulation of birds dole of doves dule of turtledoves dule of doves exaltation of larks fall of woodcocks flight of birds
flight of cormorants flight of doves flight of pigeons flight of swallows flock of birds flock of chickens flock of ducks flock of geese flock of pigeons flock of swifts flock of turkeys flush of ducks gaggle of geese hedge of herons herd of curlews herd of swans host of sparrows huddle of penguins kettle of hawks
lamentation of swans mob of emus murder of crows murmuration of starlings muster of peacocks muster of storks mustering of storks nest of pheasants nide of pheasants (on the ground) nye of pheasants (on the ground)
ostentation of peacocks pack of grouse paddling of ducks parcel of penguins parliament of rooks parliament of owls party of jays peep of chickens piteousness of doves pitying of turtledoves plump of wildfowl plump or waterfowl raft of wigeons raft of ducks rafter of turkeys rookery of penguins scold of jays sedge of bitterns sedge of cranes
sedge of herons siege of bitterns siege of cranes siege of herons skein of geese (in flight) skein of goslings sord of mallards spring of teals storytelling of crows storytelling of ravens storytelling of rooks team of ducks tidings of magpies unkindness of ravens volery of birds wake of buzzards walk of snipes watch of nightingales wedge of geese (flying in a 'V') wedge of swans (flying in a 'V') wing of plovers
wisdom of owls wisp of snipes Oh YES! How about a BLESSING of humans? Have a great weekend. Misty May 8, 2015