Angry Birds

"If you have one true friend you have more than your share." - Thomas Fuller

The snow had melted in the gritty birdbath that stands in my backyard and is full of broken needles, dirt and leaves.

Judging by its expression, the bird was none too happy with the untidy conditions. Nonetheless, it splashed in the tub for several seconds while I took its picture through the glass window from an upper floor of the house. Suddenly another bird appeared.

It was its turn to take a bath but the first bird (below) wasn't budging. A conversation ensued. It didn't take a translator to figure out the issue was being resolved with a rapid flapping of feathers. The second bird was given a chance to wet its wings alone. 

Before long the companion birds flew off ... still friends who would squabble but travel through life sharing everything but a wash in a birdbath too cramped for two. 

Humankind are birds of a feather, too, who must share and work together yet some could not shower, bathe or drink recently in Texas due to a man-made disaster caused by extreme weather and an infrastructure failure foreseen but denied for years. It resulted in some very "angry birds" having to melt snow for water. 

At the same time, man and womankind were profoundly proud that a scientific global community exercising friendship, ingenuity, perseverance and common sense resulted in a touchdown on Mars. This is how humanity will fly off Earth together one day.   


Still the kid I used to be

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  1. My friends and I have noticed that with the lockdown people are becoming aggressive and unkind ! Not like the birds ! Instead of having a nice conversation because people are so isolated at home, they fight ! (verbally) Fortunately there are also exceptions.

  2. Hello,
    I enjoyed your angry birds at the bird bath, the Robins look cute mad.
    There are many kind people, many are helping those in need in Texas. The conditions in Texas are devastating, like a third world country. The touch down on Mars is amazing time for mankind. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, wishing you a happy weekend! PS, thank you for the visit and comment on my blog.

  3. They do seem to have expressions on their faces. We hike a lot and when we meet people they seem especially a distance of course! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. I must say that your expectations for humanity exceed mine by a wide margin!

  5. Wonderful photos of the 'angry birds' ~ and compassion for people in Texas ~ nature is a great example at times of 'sharing' ~ do hope the nation rises above the difficult times ~ frustrating for all ~ Happy Weekend to you ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. Very profound metaphor with the birds... The situation here is a complex one. Through the pandemic and the political chaos of the last 4 years here we are having to face our illusions and delusions about who we are as individuals and as a nation, releasing our expectations and sense of entitlement about how things "should" be... We need to find better ways of co-existing for sure...

  7. Antics in the birdbath are fun to watch!

  8. I agree with David! :) Your angry bird is amazing, great photos!

  9. We are in the melting snow "mess" ourselves now. Muddy as all get out.

    I hope we and Texas learned something from the latest mess down there. Free enterprise and spot markets are great but you have to have the infrastructure to deliver and be dependable.

  10. Oh, what a cute and adorable expression on that grumpy bird photo .. really looks like he's really angry !.

    It could be that the bird is the initial idea of ​​the famous game character 'Angry Bird'.

    Greetings from Indonesia.

    1. Welcome, Indonesia! Haha ... the "Angry Birds" characters in games and movies is precisely what I thought of when I saw the scowl on that little bird's face.

  11. Well, it’s not a matter of laugh, but the angry faces of the bird made me smile – cute, isn’t he? Infrastructure must be safe, stable, and have alternative in case. It is said that disaster happens when people are forgetting, but recently so frequent that people urgently need to prepare to minimize damages. Scientific global community has been working hard openly tackling with corona, too. Birds of a feather see the same direction.

  12. Oh what a gorgeous photos of these birds. It must have been a pleasure to watch Humans are far worse I think When they can go to mars they might mess up things there as well haha

  13. You have very great thought with birds as an example...
    thank you for sharing your beautiful mind.

    Have a wonderful day

  14. Those bird expressions! Too funny.


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