by Whitt Birnie
There is a Tahiti far away, beyond the city walls.
Seabirds in freshwater near a lightly inhabited Tahitian shore.
Dozens of seabirds were landing, drinking, bathing, and taking flight, one after the other.
This was certainly their morning ritual, to fly down to the seashore for an early dip, snack and a chat.
Heads up, coming in for a shallow landing.
To bathe and dry their delicate wings, they really look like happy and well-adjusted creatures.
Up, up and away.
Time for a little fishing.
Catching something for breakfast.
With a bill streaking across the water’s surface, she’s a Tahitian Great-Crested Tern (Tarapapa, sterne huppée, sterna Bergii).
A freshwater pond at the edge of the ocean, surfers, coral reef and breakers beyond. The internet cables make for a safe place to meet; interestingly, the seabirds turn their back on the view.
Peaceful Tahitian morning, 9 am., warm and green, dark sand, far from the hustle and bustle. People are already online and the cables are singing.
Is the top spot always that much better?
I thought of all the telephone conversations, e-mail correspondences, attachments, pictures, posts and social media passing thru the cables as the seabirds chatted and dried their feathers and I thought, “this is a wonderful, wonderful world”. Nature can be so ‘awesome’.Always remember how important a healthy, sustainable environment is, work at convincing the hold-outs how dangerous climate-change is becoming, and try to celebrate Earth Day every day. This concept is not for the birds, it’s serious and concerns all living creatures. This message of tidings will arrive on your screen thru the very telecommunication cables you see here. The spirits send their greetings too. We’re all in this together. Happy Easter one and all.