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Skywatch From the Ground, Up

There was a year end celebration at our school the other day. Every grade level performed, including pre-K. Three retiring staff members were honored, and 50 rainbow doves were released at the end of the ceremony. Twenty five were released to the left, 25 were released to the right.

The two groups swirled around and around above the school, much to the joy of the children and much to the nervousness of folks like me who were wishing they hadn’t forgotten their hats.

From The Ground, Up,
My World in Pictures, by JFargo.

With each pass overhead the two groups got closer and closer together ….

SKY WATCH comes to us via Wigger’s World, in the United Kingdom.
Thanks, Tom!

…. until finally they merged as one,

and flew away.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Wow, I’ve never seen rainbow doves before. How cool is that? Are you sure they’re not just white doves with food coloring? Oh what a twisted mind I have! Ha ha. Anyhow, these are wonderful. You captured and displayed them well.

  2. I am really impressed with this show and the way it was done. I suppose the birds are all like homing pigeons and are headed off to go home. Nice.

  3. nice one for SWF! reminds me the quote… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. .. LOL! mine’s up too hope you can drop by.

  4. I’ve never seen them in rainbow colors – that’s amazing. I’m a teacher too and I’m stressing about neglecting my blog it’s so busy these two weeks – but then – ah- summer.

  5. I’ve never seen that before…it’s really cool! Now I have to know…when you’re all finished with school and caught up on your rest, will you tell us about rainbow doves?
    Really great shots, this is what I so love about bloggers, they share the most amazing things.

  6. Melli — they belong to the fellow with the cage.

    And, THANK YOU!

    Quint — hmmm — yes?

    Robert — white doves with food coloring are indeed what they are! (I think. How the birds are colored is a “family secret”.)

    Abe — yep, that’s exactly right.

    Carletta — thank you.

    Gattina — well then they should have gotten birds who flew slower! Snapping these photos was very stressful! Birds don’t STOP!

    Jill — Hawaii is domed in rainbows. They just flew through one.

    Ida — thank you.

    Petunia — I am glad you liked it.

    Juliana — well, you can read my comment to Robert, then read my comment to Jill, then take your pick of the one you like best.

    Dr. John — it was awesome!

    Snap — great quote for this shot, but tinged with tainted memories ….

    Diane — I can’t wait for summer! So much to do, so little time!

    Daniel — thank you.

    Debbie — I’d never seen them before, either. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too.

    Karen — can you say “food coloring”?

    Tom — the doves were supposed to be a bonus! Thank you for coming by!

    Shelly — just read the comments and you’ll know as much as I.

  7. Quilly – you have surpassed yourself and everyone else with this one!
    #1 – birds (in focus)
    #2 – flying birds (in focus)
    #3 – flying birds in focus close up!
    #4 – multi-coloured birds with a few explanations for it (love the ‘flew through a rainbow’ one).

    I’ve only made it to #1 so far.
    I doff my cap and applaud you.

  8. Crazycath – now ask her what camera she’s using. Hint: it’s not a Hasselblad.

  9. These are incredible photos, Quilly!! What a wonderful idea, to let go all those colored doves… I just hope they use colorings that don’t harm the birds. I wonder if doves return home like homing pigeons do, so they can be reused for other functions. Maybe I should catch some of the wild pigeons around here, dye them and get paid to turn them loose at some wedding. They would fly back here and I could catch them again and again. Okay, maybe pigeons aren’t as ‘romantic’ as doves, but that’s just discrimination, hahahaha.

    Love the shots.

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