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Flying Fantasia

sunny 34 °C

Today we witnessed one of nature’s greatest spectacles in the unpolluted coastal air of the Gulf of Mexico and were so enthralled that we were inspired to eulogize the vibrancy of colour and life in prose.

We cut a sandy-yellow scar as we race across a shallow aquamarine lagoon, sending waves of whitewater into the surrounding jade-green mangroves. High above us frigate birds soar in ghostly silence, their slender black wings sharply silhouetted against the indigo sky…
Glossy ebony cormorants flap their stubby wings with an air of desperation as they chase across the water at knee height in search of unseen prey, while statuesque marble-white herons stand motionless waiting for lunch to swim their way. Comical pelicans, wearing feathery brown coats and sporting enormous beaks, crash headfirst into the waters as if overbalanced by their weighty appendages, while agile gulls in a multitude of size and grey/white hues whirl and dive in an aerial ballet as they snatch at anything resembling food…

And then the flamingoes: At first, just a smudge of rosé on the aquamarine horizon as we tear across the plankton-rich lagoon in our speedboat…
But then wave after wave of almost unbelievable pink begins to divide, first into flocks, then into individual birds. This is a “Wow!” moment of epic proportions…
Nothing prepares us for the sight of thousands of these spectacularly coloured birds – and in amazing close-up. We take picture after picture…
And then we leave, knowing that we have witnessed one of the earth’s most beautiful sights. Pictures simply cannot do justice to this experience. The flamingos of the Yucatan should be on everyone’s bucket list. Come soon but, in the meantime, perhaps you would like to offer some poetic words to describe these breathtaking scenes...

Hasta la vista

Posted by Hawkson 09:05 Archived in Mexico

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pink flamingoes
spread wings
and open hearts

by Jean McLaren

I was reading your blog from Bali and a friend says he likes Java better as tourists are well treated.

by Jenna

Thank you for sharing such beauty. Your hearts must be full. Today we had rain and snow in Vancouver. Bring back the sunshine and warmth.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Dominant colour here this am is grey. We do have flying sights, however--eagles, seagulls and tree branches. Winds howling. Awaiting power outage.

by R and B

under cloudless sky
nature's angels.

by janet

Fabulous photos. Flamingos are great, but the single white bird against the deep blue would win the photo competitions! The pelican is very regal, must be related to the guy who guards the beach that you sent us on day one!

by Tom

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