The White and the Blue [Birds]


In memoriam for a bird (or two) you’ve met here before. ———————————— First there was Blue. She came to us from the great blue, the wild blue, as blue as Lightin’ Slim, singing pigeon blues, not Rooster Blues. She came on banded foot, born of two other Blues who gave our Blue her azul feathers […]

Bird Noir: Sacred Pigeon Geometry


Urban pigeon walking a Seattle labyrinth: From the Labyrinth Society: “In a nut-shell, Sacred Geometry is, ‘the use of a handful of ratios to create forms that help the seeker to resonate properly to achieve their desired spiritual goal ….’ …. Alex Champion’s Definition: ‘Sacred geometry is the contemplation and utilization of the archetypal geometric […]

The Flying Wallendas … I Mean, Pijendas


I’m a sucker for pigeons. I loved them long before Hugh and I rescued a couple of lost racing pigeons, and I continue to love them long after. People who’ve never observed pigeons will marvel when they first notice how pigeons out-maneuver Peregrines in harrowing chases. These birds, whose ancestors sprang from the cliffs alongside […]

Pigeon Over Seattle

Pigeon Taking Off in Flight

This pigeon did aerial turns and hovers that rivaled a raptor’s. I captured a few frames as she took off from Pike Place Market and hovered for a few seconds against Seattle’s skyline. Thanks to SkeletalMess on Flickr for the Creative Commons texture “Tainted” which I used in the above rendering. Related Pigeon Posts: Lancelot-Guinevere: […]

Lancelot-Guinevere: The Case of the Castle Pigeon

Lancelot-Guinevere - ©hughgrew

Lancelot (no, Guinevere) — lost himself (no, herself) — along the coast of Scotland, where Picts and Druids and Earls and Scots laid claim to the medieval stones of her landing. Just north of these stones lie the crags and cliffs that offer sanctuary for pelagic birds, the calls of whom may have drawn her […]


pigeon and fake owl

Pigeons just know. How many times do you see them perched between bird spikes or, as in this case, within talon’s reach of a fake owl? I appreciate the cleverness that is “pigeon” and when I saw this juxtaposition, I had to freeze-frame it. Owls can be effective for a time . . . or […]

Pigeon Pilates

Willet Stretching

Or so I call it . . . also fondly known as Pigeon Tai Chi . . . or simply, the Pigeon Stretch. It’s that endearing things birds do — wild and domestic both — leg extended under outstretched wing, releasing tension from their hard-working limbs. I always appreciate a wild-bird stretch when I’m out […]

Learning From a Racing Pigeon

Chauncey the Racing Pigeon - ©ingridtaylar

I think the pigeon people are trying to tell me something. Late last year, I took a rambunctious fledgling pigeon to a nearby hospital. In April, I drove two [very] baby pigeons to the same hospital. I’m always snapping pigeon photos even when other photographers sweep their lenses right over the pigeon landscape. So, it […]