Seattle Birds on a Wire

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Seattle Birds on a Wire

2020-02-20T23:17:34+00:00March 6th, 2013|Birds, Blog|5 Comments

Like a bird on the wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
Like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.
If I, if I have been unkind,
I hope that you can just let it go by.
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you.

~ Bird on a Wire by Leonard Cohen

Starlings on a wire in Seattle


The right scene and right song for a deep drizzling mist outside my window. This flock of Starlings perched across the Seattle cityscape. Where in the old days I’d see a skyline marred by wires, now I see potential. This is the same spot where I photographed the territorial display of Northern Flickers in January … also on a white day of winter vapors.

Photographed with the Olympus OM-D + Lumix 100-300mm • Processed in Lightroom and SilverEfexPro

Bird on a Wire – Leonard Cohen




  1. CQ March 7, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Musical ignoramus that I am, I only vaguely recognized the name Leonard Cohen — and that’s due to kd lang. I’ll pretend she’s singing “Hallelujah” to the birds on the wire in your photo, Ingrid; that way I have a (lame) excuse for linking to her marvelous rendition of that song:

    I have *no* excuse for adding Susan Boyle’s version, except that I think it’s equally lovely (even though most listeners say kd “owns” Hallelujah and no one else can match her):

    If I were a migrating bird, I guess my flight pattern would be a bit “off,” huh? While my flock was heading from Nova Scotia to Florida, I’d be wandering toward Nantucket.

    • ingrid March 13, 2013 at 11:57 am - Reply

      CQ, I’ve always loved KD’s voice, thank you. I’m listening to it right now. I hadn’t heard Susan Boyle’s version, and it’s always so interesting to compare styles, cadence, etc. I’m a Leonard Cohen fan but like you, many years ago came upon his work through another artist — Judy Collins. Here’s a great first-person account, by Collins, describing the first time she got Leonard to perform on stage:

      • CQ March 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

        Sounds like Leonard would never have gone on the stage to perform — or returned to the stage after he retreated in terror — were it not for Judy. Backstage stories are so interesting.

  2. Bea Elliott March 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Everything’s just right… In all shades of thoughtful grey. Mellow and reflective. Thank you.

    • ingrid March 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Everything’s just right … that settled my heart. When I see wild animals at peace, perching, preening, paying me no mind, I often think that. Everything, right now, in this moment, is right.

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