Sunday, February 16, 2014

Pelicans on Parade - thanks for the title Gregg.

No Today's Flowers today, I ran out of time but I did get the home page up and running.  You can see everyone's flowers if you click here.  It's only my blog that I didn't get a chance to do a flower post. I will be back to posting them next week.  

I had this post already in the works and as I am out all day today I thought I would share it now.

As I look at this photo from our Florida trip I see it with two minds.  

The first "Running the Gauntlet".  We had to walk between them, they certainly weren't moving and I couldn't help but look at those long beaks!  It reminded me of the old movies where warriors of old had to run the gauntlet.  This gauntlet, however, remained motionless, each soldier seemed of a gentle nature I thought, and I made it through without so much as a nip on the ankle.  Gentle souls they are, so I went to my next scenario.  



"Inspecting the Guard", when the Queen walks along chatting and smiling to each young person smartly dressed in uniform.  Imagination running wild I saw myself inspecting my own feathered guard, waving my hand in the royal manner, walking ever so slowly and saying a quiet word to each pelican, which obviously made their day.  Imagination on a roll I straightened my imaginary hat with its elaborate feathers adorning my noggin, assuring my guard that they needn't worry as they were the fake kind, and proceeded to hike up my skirt before I tripped over the hemline.  I walked by my pelicans on parade, telling them that they should be proud as they were a fetching display, and wished them all a good day.  I turned to my escort and said, "Captain, give them all an extra ration at dinner and a wee dram of the good stuff. They deserve it!"

28 comments:

Susan said...

Lol, love your sense of humour!
How lovely to be able to get so close to them like that. I'd be a bit wary too at first, those big clacking beaks can be pretty fast when they want to, but these fellas were enjoying their bit of 'quiet time'
A unique situation :D)

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

I like the title. Pelicans are great birds. Almost looks like LA where it is the state bird.

eileeninmd said...

Fun post, Denise! I love the Pelicans on Parade. Have a happy week ahead!

William Kendall said...

Oh, they are grand birds!

TexWisGirl said...

too cute. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful pelicans, Denise. I do like your title also. Gregg is creative!!!

Hope you have had a good weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ron said...

Denise, I used to live in Florida (for 20 years) so I know of pelicans very well! And yes, they are very 'gentle souls.'

Wonderful photo capture!

Hope your weekend was lovely!

Kay said...

How cute!

David Oliver said...

I love the picture and the story. A queen and her guards - just terrific!

Country Gal said...

Nice photo . Pelicans look at you with intent in their eyes lol They are interesting birds . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Michelle said...

I like how you were able to get so close to them!

Cloudia said...

fun post!



ALOHA from Honolulu
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George said...

I love both your photo and your description of your inspection of the guard.

Elephant's Child said...

Gorgeous birds - and matching post. Thank you.

Lui said...

Haha, Denise, I can imagine that too!

Yes, feed them a grand feast! ;-)

Adam said...

they always looks rather grumpy

Our photos said...

Beautiful photo!

SeagullSuzie said...

They look like they are on sentry duty to me, maybe even a magical sentry duty where they come to life when danger is about!!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Denise great shots and commentary.

Gail Dixon said...

Denise, I enjoyed this post! Great shots of the pelicans. I can never get the brown ones with the blonde heads. The light is never right for me. Hope you have a great week!

Brian King said...

Very cool! They look like little statues.

Valerie said...

Brilliant post and photograph. How the heck did I miss this? All I can say is thank goodness I caught up.

Marie said...

This was such a delightful post! What fun, and I loved your commentary!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So cute! Exactly how they look.

Kay said...

That's incredible! You were actually able to walk the pelican gauntlet? I'm amazed! Fabulous photo, of course.

Kay said...

Good for Gregg, by the way!

Mimsie said...

Oh my gosh how did I miss this wonderful post. Firstly, Phil has a thing about pelicans so I should have noticed it and secondly, it is a beautiful photo of 5 birds resting so peacefully.
I love the two scenarios and can just see you doing the Royal walk between them and I too think they deserved that extra serve at dinner and a wee tipple afterwards.

Glenda Manus said...

I missed this too! Pelicans are beautiful birds - I love watching them skim over the ocean looking for their next snack and then diving down rather awkwardly - almost always coming up with their prize.