A Reddish Egret -- Egretta rufescens, turns fishing into performance art on Sea Oat Island, FL.
Our concertmaster summons the string section for Dance of the Reddish Egret...
'Why, if 'tis dancing you would be,
There's brisker pipes than poetry.' ~ Alfred Edward Housman "A Shropshire Lad"
"Dancers are the messengers of the gods." ~ Martha Graham
"I move, therefore I am." ~ Haruki Murakami
'...whose large style agrees not with the leanness of his purse.' ~ Shakespeare, King Henry VI Part II, [I, 1].
"You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams." ~ Gene Kelly
"You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you." ~ Isadora Duncan
Intermezzo sponsored by Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis.
Every fisher has his own style, or bag, if you will...
We'd also like to thank our major sponsor -- Mother Ocean Partners and Associates, Ltd.
on with the show ...
'I am in danger, I see, of being included among the whimsical fellows.' ~ James Barrie, "The Little White Bird"
'The superfluous, a very necessary thing.' ~ Voltaire, Le Mondain.
"The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word." ~ Mata Hari
"Do it big, do it right and do it with style." ~ Fred Astaire
"Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself." ~ Havelock Ellis, "The Dance of Life"
'Sun-treader, life and light be thine forever!' ~ Robert Browning, "Pauline"
“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” ~ Oscar Wilde
"...'egrets, ayve had a few..." ~ Johnny Rotten
white morph adult
dark morph adult w/courtship colors
"The Sea and the Mirror" by W. H. Auden:
'Well, who in his own backyard
Has not opened his heart to the smiling
Secret he cannot quote?
Which goes to show that the Bard
Was sober when he wrote
That this world of fact we love
Is unsubstantial stuff:
All the rest is silence
On the other side of the wall;
And the silence ripeness,
And the ripeness all.' ~ "The Sea and the Mirror" by Wystan Hugh Auden