Two Street Lights

Two Street Lights | Wenatchee, WA | 2011

Filling the truck’s tank at 7-Eleven, I stood watching an undulating sphere of pigeons circle overhead. How on earth — above earth — do they do that? Glide inches apart, turn on a dime in sync, and then scatter, power-flapping, at the hint of a hawk? At the movie theater last weekend, the concession girl asked us popcorn lovers to form two lines, one at each cash register. We failed miserably. As a group, we didn’t recognize what scientists call “spatial cognition movements” and what pigeons call “winging it.”