Seeing & Looking
A sea of green palmettos. Piercing the palmettos, above the horizon, a branched stalk wavers in the island's dune heat waves. Something is flying up over this century plant, jumping up and floating down.
It is a mating mockingbird. In flight, it rises up from the tip of the plant, hovers briefly, then puts two feet down and wafts gently back to perch atop the century plant.
On the opposite horizon, teal-colored shallows extend beyond the sandy beach.
Once again, the bird flies up ten feet. Comes down, sings loudly, and flies up again. A camera clicks, and a trill of bold, rapid notes pours out from the bird after it lands. Its music is carried out over the soft sand beach and the shallows. Are our courtship dances as persistently choreographed as the one by this mocking bird?
Photos and Writings by Jim Austin Jimages