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Peculiar Treasures: Winging It

By Kellie Purcill

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Andes Mountains captured by ASTER on April 7, 2000. (Supplied: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and US/Japan ASTER Science Team)  Source

Forget about a bird’s eye view – the above picture, and 3 MILLION more like it, of the Earth’s surface from space have been released by NASA. Then take a look at drawing patterns on the fly, with this mesmerising zen doodle creation.

Asking “how does the path of a bullet change a life” results in a soaring piece of writing about the life of someone affected by the first mass shooting at a school 50 years ago. It is a long piece, but well worth the time.  Switching from then to now, the dangers of recent food fads and subsequent relationships with food is not a topic to chicken away from.

This next collection is for the birds! We have some aww-inducing rescues of a pelican with fishing line tying its beak shut, and a swan complicating the rescue of its cygnet from a fence, then peek inside the huge archives of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History where there are birds, butterflies, shoes (really!), pretty rocks and so much more to drawer (heh) your interest.

Did your imagination ever take flight with Ramona? Her creator, Beverley Clearly, turns 100 tomorrow (there will be carrot cake!) and in this interview discusses many topics, including how when she was a child she and her friends had more freedom and were more free-range than kids today. Also stretching out wings is this flying peacock, captured in slow-mo for a regal viewing.

Of course, if shaking your tail feather is preferred, this peacock’s display is sublime (and kinda freaky too) – it really kicks off 20 seconds in. It’s around that mark that my imagination exploded with a story idea, and it turns out letting ourselves daydream or track down what we’re thinking about can help our works in progress get closer to launching.

With launching comes the safety of our nests, and this companion app lets friends walk home safely together, no matter where they live and no matter the hour.  Then hitting us right where we live is this wonderful Adele parody featuring two missionaries saying Hello (from the othersiiiiiiiide….)

First Draft Poetry this week is by Teresa TL Bruce,entitled (hugely serendipitously) “Winged”.

“Winged” by Teresa TL Bruce

bird’s-eye view
a pummeling flap
requires turning, tilting, setting aside sharpness
to see
what’s right
before me

bird’s-eye view
coordinated push-pull
frees footing, standing, perspective from short-sightedness
to reframe
what’s right
beneath me

bird’s-eye view
orbital soaring
supersedes politics, borders, boundaries of limitations
to reach
what’s right
above me

About Kellie Purcill

lives way on the other side of the planet in her native Australia and gives thanks for the internet regularly. She loves books, her boys, panna cotta, collecting words, being a redhead and not putting things in order of importance when listing items. She credits writing as a major contributing factor to surviving her life with sanity mostly intact, though her (in)sanity level is subject to change without warning.

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