Sunday, June 29, 2008

Doorway - One Single Impression

doorway
sandy fragile
welcoming sheltering homing
nest site bank swallows
nurturing feeding protecting
temporary seasonal
exit

These lines were created in response to the word, 'doorway', which is this week's prompt at One Single Impression. For more poetry on this theme please visit the hosting site..

The Bank Swallow builds its nest in sandbanks. If you look carefully at the first picture you will be able to see a few dark holes along the base of the sandbank near the bottom. These holes are entrances, or doorways, into the Bank Swallows nests.

26 comments:

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Beautiful! I once found a big nesting area on the side of a sand bank. The swallows were rushing in a out of the holes. It was really difficult to get any good pictures of the birds. I got plenty of the sand bank and a lot of blurry birds. ;-) That's killer picture of the bird.

WillThink4Wine said...

Blogger ate my comment!

Marvelous! And great photos, too! I still haven't been able to manage an sharp photo of a bird.

Isn't is incredible how wonderfully adapted these little guys are to their environment?

SandyCarlson said...

Your wonderful words and photos make me look, and think, anew about portals to and from safety. Thanks for this.

zoya gautam said...

wonderful words and photos_ur camera a doorway to so many worlds..Thanks..

the teach said...

A unique take Ann! Wonderful! Thank you for sharing your poetry and your photo. :)

bobbie said...

I honestly never knew the swallows build in sand banks. These pictures are wonderful.

Pam said...

What fragile doorways to protect new life. Thank you for the photos and the poem.

Mary said...

How interesting! I wonder what keeps the holes from collapsing? Seems like a very fragile place to nest! Great shot of the bird exiting! Your poetry captures the moment well and the doorway theme.

me ann my camera said...

mary:
You asked, "...what keeps the holes from collapsing?".

I think over time the effects of weathering and rains, and the pressure of the weight at the top hard packs the sand and creates a firmer density to it in the lower regions of the pile.

Stacey Huston said...

Great exit shot! timing is everything and you timed this one well... thanks for sharing

Becky and Gary said...

Thanks for the bit of history on these Swallows. I've never seen one. Pretty picture. Those "doorways" look pretty unstable to me. I'm wondering if that sand ever erodes?

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Great shot! It isn't easy getting a shot like that in such perfect focus.

Texas Travelers said...

Perfect photo of the bank swallow.

Great colors and exposures.

Troy

Wren said...

what a great photo of the swallow!

Ackworth Born said...

wren just said exactly what i was going to say

texasblu said...

You're very good with that camera! Great combo of words too - informative & descriptive all in a poetic way. :)

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Very nice capture, you must have quick reflexes.

Daddy Harvest said...

I love the top picture, - I was trying to figure out what it was and the first thing I thought was that it was a picture of hoodoos in Drumheller.

me ann my camera said...

daddy harvest:
I can see what you mean for the badlands do come to mind. I also think of sand castles. Glad that you enjoyed!

tumblewords said...

I had no idea! Fascinating - flowing words and wonderful photos1

Kathiesbirds said...

Ann, I love that you were able to keep this nature themed! Wonderful words and photos! A perfect fit!

teric said...

Wonderful words to go with your photo.

Greyscale Territory said...

Your pics are amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed reading the information behind them.

indicaspecies said...

Wow, that's an informative and interesting post. Thank you.

one more believer said...

oh my gosh... you caught inflight perfectly...

Raven said...

What wonderful doorways. Wonderful photos and nice poem(s) to go with them. Plus a little nature education added in, which is always nice.