Wednesday, November 18, 2009

100 words on the pelicans

100 words on the pelicans, originally uploaded by real_voodooboy.

The sign that warns “Beware of Alligators” near the boat launch for the LSU lakes hardly registers when there is before you a writhing, stinking, gurgling blanket of pelicans spread out before you. This picture does not capture the dense clockwork of clap and snap of their beaks, nor does it display the absurdity of their landing posture, not that different than a little kid, pants-down, mid-squat shuffling fast to the nearest bathroom. I defy an alligator to surface in that mess; the sheer not-right of it might just blow even his reptilian nugget, just like it did to mine.

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