04 February 2013

Sunset Roost





Sunset Roost

mud ooze
holds mangrove trees,
herons soar, great egrets,
at dusk returning flocks of red-
scarlet ibis



This is inspired by Marian over at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads who taught us about Cinquains on the weekend and is offered today for Open Link Monday. I visited the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad yesterday to see this remarkable sight.

41 comments:

  1. holy crow, Mary, that video is startlingly amazing! did you take that video yourself? i think i would faint straight away if i were in the presence of such magnificence!
    i love your cinquain... and am pleased that you linked your writing of this pretty form with such an incredible sight.
    your photo at the top of your blog is gorgeous, too. wow!

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    1. I found the video on You Tube and the sight of these vividly red birds glinting in the setting sun as they return to the roost was awe inspiring. On the island we watched there were about 3,000 birds. I enjoyed working with this form, Marian.

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    2. p.s. The photo on my blog is a view from my balcony in Italy.

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  2. wonderful flying flowers n your video, flashing birds in your poem!

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    1. Yes, they looked like poinsettias as they landed against the green.

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  3. Stunning video, and your cinquin does it full pictorial justice. Nice job of eicorporating the nature element, while working a strong visual image.

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    1. Thanks, Hedge. I knew I had to write about it after seeing this incredible sight. I liked what you did with the form by expanding it.

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  4. That is an amazing sight. We have old African ibis here which are awfully dull in comparison.

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    1. These are pink to begin with and then they eat a river crab with red claws that turn them bright red in 2 1/2- 3 years- gorgeous!

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  5. How wonderful that you can post this video to your blog so others can see this amazing sight!

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  6. I had heard of these birds but never seen them, even on a video. They are a sight to see.

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    1. In person, the sun caught them brightening the red even more. Took my breath away.

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  7. I didnt know such beautiful scarlet birds existed. Such a wonderful video - thank you so much! It must be amazing to see this in person.

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    1. The first few dozen to return together caused a collective ahhhhh among the observers.

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  8. Nice... great egrets sounds good together.

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    1. It's their actual names and it was the first time I saw them. They also roost on the island with the scarlet ibis and provide a lovely contrast.

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  9. Such wonder in this world! I have never heard of the beautiful scarlet ibis. So grateful to see what you saw. Thank you for sharing!
    And your cinquain serves as perfect narration.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I had heard of them but not seen them in any numbers. Nothing could prepare me for this magnificent sight, however.

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  10. wow...what a cool trip...enjoyed your video...beautiful bird, and your poem accentuates it nicely....

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  11. wow...what a cool trip...enjoyed your video...beautiful bird, and your poem accentuates it nicely....

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    1. Even the kids on the tour liked the return of the ibis in such great numbers.

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  12. Incredible. Just beautiful. Lovely poem too. But whoa - that is amazing. k.

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  13. I didn't mean not to emphasize how lovely your poem is - it's just that those birds have to be seen to be believed I think. Unbelievable. k.

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    1. I quite agree actually; I wasn't prepared for how stunningly beautiful a sky full of these ibis would be.

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  14. Wow. Just awesomely stunning. Loved both your cinquain and the video. And where you live is so gorgeous.

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  15. Wow is right. You are really lucky to see these things.

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    1. I count myself as lucky indeed, Sally.

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  16. The video reminds me of being in Costa Rica....Beautiful video and words.

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    1. I haven't been to Costa Rica but I understand that it is beautiful as well.

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  17. This fits perfectly into the scene at the Sunderbans in India.. I am amazed by how vivid a description you gave with such economy of words. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks and I'm glad you stopped by.

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  18. Can they be real? (of course they are) What a sight! And how lovely:

    at dusk returning flocks of red-
    scarlet ibis

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    1. They're real alright, all 3,000 of them providing such a sight!

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  19. How splendid to see a video to accompany the beauty of your poem. I loved both.

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    1. I was pleased to find this video on You Tube since it's difficult to imagine how vivid these birds are.

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  20. You brought a bit of Trinidad to me today .... thank you! Ahhhh.

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    1. A beautiful bit. It is my pleasure to do so. Thanks for stopping by.

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