17.10.10

On the Way to Elsewhere

barnacle geese

Earlier than last year, the same park... the same flock?
Pretty autumn visitors.

Curiously, in the Middle Ages barnacle geese were believed by some to hatch from barnacles.

I have frequently seen, with my own eyes, more than a thousand of these small bodies of birds, hanging down on the sea-shore from one piece of timber, enclosed in their shells, and already formed.

Giraldus Cambrensis (1187), quoted in this interesting book on the subject of barnacles.

1 comment:

Mrs Button said...

beautiful, beautiful blog and I especially love the name.