My submission for this week’s challenge could be seen as the convergence of lines and girders to maintain the power grid. However, as we stopped in Clarksville, Tennessee for gas on our recent vacation, what drew my attention was the noise and flight of tens of thousands of starlings converging on the electrical lines and the lattice transmission towers to roost for the night. Certainly this was a literal example of the old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.”
Because I was pumping gas, I had a flashback of the explosion of the gas station in the Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. Needless to say, we did not linger long.
Check out other examples of “converge” HERE. Additionally, HERE is an article of a similar event a few years ago in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (just 30 miles north of Clarksville).
Very nice interpretation of this week’s photo challenge.
Thank you, Tim! While I took this picture in mid-October, the theme quickly brought it to my remembrance as one that might fit the category. Glad you liked it.
Chuck, you’re welcome. I’m not only fascinated with the number of birds – yes the movie “The Birds” does come to mind – but the power transmutation towers seem to be almost alien. Here is on image I took near Sacramento, CA. https://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/in-lock-step/
I also liked the video of the starlings swarming.
Have a great time shooting.
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Thanks for adding the link… loved the symmetry and the hues in the background.
Wow, Chuck! I’ve seen lots of birds on wires before but this has to be the largest number ever!!
Janet, I have not seen this many birds in one place since I was a kid in Memphis, Tennessee. I remember a few falls when the migration of starlings would be so thick that there would be a steady and thick fly over for 20-30 minutes. They are a nuisance in this number but are amazing to watch them fly in patterns and formations, especially as the converge in flight. We observed that, as well, but it was getting to dark to film. Here is a video I found on YouTube that portrays it well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXt2V3ZzpvM.
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Wow! What a sight! Was there a loud symphony, too?
Thanks, Rene. It was loud but more of a cacophony than a symphony!