Please, Mr. Big Bird, My Tripod is Not Your Kind

Heron walking along the beach, Port Aransas, Mustang Island, Texas at the Gulf of Mexico
GiantBirdWalking_7758, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So, when I was down at the shore, shooting in the early morning light, I happened upon this big bird. It wasn’t a seagull, at least not of the ordinary variety, the ones I had grown used to seeing along the shore, no it was some kind of giant crane-like creature. Kind of funny too, since big bird had just landed along the beach and was glaring at me, probably wondering back, what in the heck I was. Stupid humans. Or, you know, so he probably thought (is it even a he? OK, we won’t go there either.)

I looked up, saw the big birdie bird, and thought, “Oh, you’re not a seagull!” Yeah, no, ahem, “stuff” Sherlock! It wasn’t a seagull, but rather this large-ish looking thing glaring back at me. The funny part happened next. The bird looked at me, still sort of glaring away, annoying as all get-up that I was on his (ahem, “her,” “it’s,” whatever) beach, trying to rid the world of all things human, when he (yes, again) caught sight of my tripod. Now, for some strange reason, perhaps a reason only a great big birdie bird might be able to understand, said bird was quite enamored with my tripod. Quite enamored. As in, tried to mate with, sorta, kinda, my tripod. Really. Seriously? A tripod? Dude, it’s got like three legs. Have you no shame?!?

I guess, shame is not for four feet tall birds who flop along the shore, as the big birdie bird flapped along, stood on one leg for a while, checked out the tripod, and then, eventually, flew on off down the beach. Ruffled a few feathers, my trusty old tripod did, but it wasn’t for long. Nope, that bird had other plans, and made off down the beach after a quick dip of the forked toes in the sand. Leaving me to wonder. Did it actually (maybe?) think my tripod was some kind of a bird? Was it just annoyed at the random display of stupid human species unfolding before it? A mix of the two? Neither one? Out of fish to eat? Afraid of the sunrise?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Oh, and should you happen to know what kind of birdie said giant “I’m not a seagull” actually is, please do kindly let me know. Best guess, so far is some kind of a giant heron, but, you know, it could just be a tripod with wings, couldn’t it? (Do they make those nowadays? Don’t they? Hmmm. I bet they even have an iPhone attachment so, you know, so your iPhone can up and fly away. Fly like the wind, little smart phone, fly like the wind!)

Until next time…


  1. Peruby
    July 17, 2012 / 10:12 am

    Perhaps a sandhill crane. And I am sure it was the tripods long legs that got the bird fired up. LOL!

  2. Great Grandma Lin
    July 17, 2012 / 12:55 pm

    what adventures you have…lol!

  3. Anonymous
    July 24, 2012 / 2:26 am

    tripod golf ball mind,tripod brain,gitzo Gimbal Tripod Head brain manfrotto tripod brain induro tripod brain

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