Some time has passed since the Bent considered Mountains, murmurations, and Mortimer to tell a story about European starlings. Right around the time we further mangled alliteration with Luke and Linnæus in an attempt to better describe clouds, or not. But not a day has passed without many moments spent gazing out the windows of Bent HQ.
Which brings us right up to last week (wasn't that easy), and this serendipitous capture of clouds and unanticipated chaos. An attempt to compose (yet another) sunset over the Olympics went slightly askew when I was startled by, yes, starlings! Thousands of them. They hadn't even been in my line of sight.
This serendipitous event prompted me to revisit the many resources which informed my brief essays, as well a a few others. Like Stephen Cordifi's concise article on the colors of twilight and sunset, which explains the glorious colors are not caused by pollution. Re-informed, and reassured, the beauty of this Pacific Northwest sunset was all the more enjoyable. It's good to have access to so much information.
But it's even better when other people gather it for you. If you share the Bent's interest in sustainability, economic, and social news pertinent the Northwest, you'll appreciate the team of editors who meet early each weekday to digest over 40 newspapers from around the region and deliver it in the Sightline Daily, a service of Sightline Institute. Even better, you can subscribe to daily, or Weekly Score email updates, and they'll just show up. Kind of like the starlings, only more predictably.
Subscribe by Oct 29, and you'll have a chance to win a (car-less) three-day, getaway train trip for two to Vancouver, and a chance to check out the Olympic Mountains from the other side. It's good to have things come into your line of sight.