Okay … someone had to say it:
descent is wot de nose sniffs—
—no? (Phew, thank heavens that’s over and done with.)
And now, on with the challenge …
—taken some years ago in Browns Bay, Auckland. I was lucky enough to catch this duck entirely committed to his landing. Any landing, they say (that is, ducks* say) that you can paddle away from is a good one.
It’s a thought that takes me back to a song popular some years ago, words to the effect:
They say in the Air Force
That the landing’s okay …
If the pilot gets out and the crew walks away …
But in the Fleet Air Arm, the prospects are grim—
If the landing’s stuffed up—
And the pilot can’t swim~!
Yeah, right … moving on:
Talking of which, launching ramps for downwardly mobile infants. I came across it in the park, and nobody around I snuck up to the top of the tallest vacant tower (the Q of H watching somewhat disapprovingly) (no sense of fun, royalty) and took this snap—
Got me sums wrong, it turned out.
I’d thought I might, possessing extra mass that infants don’t—despite gravity itself being a common constant my momentum was greater than even the engineers had allowed for, so instead of stopping at the bottom of the descent I powered onwards and fired right off the end of the ramp for some little distance before dropping vertically onto my butt. Of course at that very moment four (five? Six?) high-school girls emerged from the path through the hedge and cracked up completely when they saw me.
It’s nice to make someone’s day …
Rivers too can descend, and condescending little streams likewise. Sometimes their falling waters meet in ebbs and swirls—
or ripples. Is such a confluence a meta phor the ebbs and flows and eddies of time itself? Don’t ask me—I’m still pondering that a man can never wet his foot twice in the same river. (Don’t ask for explanations, I’ll never descend so low as to pass opinion on the works of great sages.)
And now it’s midnight and time to descend into the arms of our lovely waterbed, to sleep, to dream …
* and albatrosses. (Albatri? Whatever … )