Tuesday, October 03, 2006


This morning I watched a convocation of redtail hawks circling over the hill. There were at least twenty of them high in the thin blue, sailing round and round. Minutes after I saw them, they streamed off together to the southeast. One of two remaining in the tops of the trees nearby screamed. Fall has arrived.

redtail hawks wheel south
across autumn's horizon
a clamor of prayer


Blogger robin andrea said...

Your blue skies are now clear of all the summer's fiery smoke. Nice to see that. Fall arrived here too. Leaves are changing color. The night air dips into nippy temps. Covers are pulled up higher, but the window stays open. Your hawks tell their story so beautifully.

10/03/2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger polona said...

great shot, and a fine haibun!

10/03/2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

...i'm ready...

10/03/2006 1:31 PM  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

I'm alwasys impressed when I count the number of syllables ... and it's right!!

10/03/2006 6:25 PM  
Blogger narrator said...

we both stumble onto prayer today. The movement is captured wonderfully.

10/03/2006 7:04 PM  
Anonymous zingtrial said...

Hi! Beautiful shot,
Thanks for sharing.
Wish you well

10/03/2006 10:49 PM  
Blogger Wenda said...

MB, What a lovely way to hear the receive the announcement of fall.

And, thanks for your comment on my list.

10/03/2006 10:52 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Something quite definite and distinct here, the circling, the final ones in the tops of the trees, yes, the season's changed, yes, the earth's wheeling as the redtail hawks fly south... I, too, like the last line.

10/03/2006 10:57 PM  
Anonymous sfl94 said...

Your site is very interesting with very beautiful photographs. So long Sebastien

10/04/2006 2:44 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

That's a magnificent blue sky!

10/04/2006 4:14 AM  
Blogger floots said...

love the pic and the words
(like redtails too - spent time watching them when i visited new england)

10/04/2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

My favorite bird. They stay here year round. "clamor of a prayer", they wouldn't pray silently, would they?

10/04/2006 2:26 PM  
Blogger alan said...

Had a sparrow hawk fly within a few feet of me walking in to work the other afternoon, he was going after one of the pigeons that are always hanging about. Quite a thrill!


10/05/2006 12:57 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

I've never seen one so thank-you for showing them to me

10/05/2006 12:16 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

What a holy moment!

10/06/2006 4:13 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I love this photo MB. The blue of the sky is quite extraordinary. And the haiku captures the moment so well.

10/06/2006 11:44 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Robin Andrea, the clear skies are glorious!

Polona, thank you so much.

Michelle...me too... ;-)

Gilbert, thanks for letting me know you were here!

Narrator, the synchronicity did not escape me! It was quite a moment.

Zingtrial, thank you for reading.

Wenda, it was an amazing thing to witness.

Brenda, your comment is much appreciated.

Sebastien, thanks for stopping by. Vous avez de tres belles photos chez vous.

Lee, I'm glad you appreciate it!

Floots, much appreciated.

Pat, not when they speak, certainly. When they fly, however, they look like prayer in motion.

Alan, that sounds like an amazing sight!

Sue, thanks.

Tom, it was indeed!

Mary, thank you very much.

10/08/2006 4:08 PM  

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