grouping together to protect themselves from predators, an accepted explanation when smaller fish form baitballs
and slightly less certain as to why starlings form murmurations, they nevertheless once again bridge the gap between birds and fish in their manner, two of the greater pleasures we as people who spend time outside by the water get to witness and in a way, be part of their magic.
i’ve had the great luck witnessing several stunning murmurations as the ones below.
not a ‘fishing’ insect in the sense that we’d want to imitate them with our flies but one we all must have to deal with at one time or another. it’s not like seeing how beautiful the emerging beast will make us feel any better when the female takes out flesh and blood from our exposed skin but it’s still nice to watch. enjoy !
“In northern British Columbia, three of the province’s greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed in the subalpine basin known as the Sacred Headwaters. The land has one of the largest intact predator-prey systems in North America and is the traditional territory of the In northern British Columbia, three of the province’s greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed in the subalpine basin known as the Sacred Headwaters. The land has one of the largest intact predator-prey systems in North America and is the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation. The Headwaters is at the centre of a dispute between the Tahltan, resource industries, government and environmental groups. Competing interests concerning land use, mining and hunting have created divides and put the future health of the Sacred Headwaters at risk.”
since it seems we’ll be around for a little longer, maybe it’s a sign telling us we might want to help preserve what we have left and it’s not just about fishing. here’s a nice place to start.
“Lunatic” is an informal term referring to people who are considered mentally ill, dangerous, foolish or unpredictable; conditions once called lunacy. The term may be considered insulting in serious contexts, though is sometimes used in friendly jest.
The word derives from lunaticus meaning “of the moon” or “moonstruck”.
here’s your once-in-a-not-very-often chance to go outside saturday night and watch the SuperMoon for some hard-core-howling moonstriking ! “Another “super-Moon” is in the offing. The perigee full Moon in May will be as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2012.”
who knows, this may just be the right opportunity to stay up all night and hit the early morning hatch or spinner fall instead of sleeping all sunday morning…
may your skies be clear !
ps- in case you didn’t get enough of the guy’s dorky voice in the moon video, here’s some dorky moon music from a century past. enjoy !