Posted by: Paul Sheringhams blog: a place of running dreams come true | March 6, 2016

Learning to fly


Storm Petrel dancing on the ocean swell


A flock of sea birds cruising out near Ball’s Pyramid

These photos are from a boat ride to Ball’s Pryamid from Lord Howe Island in 2013. It was a priveledge to be able to observe this world so far from the destructive clutches of humans. These seabirds understood a language of wind, current, clouds and swell, a flying language I longed to be able to join. The human world was not relevant to them. I watched Providence petrels glide above the ocean swell, and then with a flick or two of their wings ascend into the sky. And the tiny storm petrels, swooping down, and skimming their feet along the surface of the ocean like ballerinas. On the return trip a large albatross flew over the boat, and a dolphin appeared briefly, then dived into the swell, leaving behind our small boat labouring against the ocean

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