Waterfowl | Vantage, WA | February 2020

Resting Birds #2 | The Columbia River widens just above the I-90 bridge to become an attractive rest area for birds. No telling why they love it — food? safety? — but they don’t just float there, they frolic. They flap and splash like kids in a swimming pool if kids didn’t laugh but honked. (My childhood friend Jerry oinked when he laughed, but that’s another story.) I sit on a rock at water’s edge and wonder how any of us choose a landing spot. What draws us to a specific city, house, reading chair? It’s more than ease or comfort, work or family. Perhaps we instinctively sense the current of a place and put our trust in its strength and direction? Like water birds, we hope to glide to somewhere good.