As a new year's present to all of you out there who are kind enough to read this blog, I have prepared a special video below.
And for a change of pace, this one time it's not about food.
Instead, the video features hundreds of thousands of starlings (sorry, I misidentified them as blackbirds in the subtitles) in an aerial dance over the wintry vineyards in Sonoma County, the home of some of the finest wines California has to offer.
Now that I think about it, I guess that makes it tangentially concerned with the appetite after all.
This strange and utterly entrancing ballet took place the other day at sunset, when the birds massed and swooped in joyous clouds that morphed into ropes and fish and butterflies. They swirled together, broke apart, and joined again in fantastical shapes that made me wonder whether the miracles we hope to see in this old world of ours are more often than not answered every day in the handwork of Nature herself.
My gratitude to Jocelyn Montgomery and David Lynch for the perfect soundtrack for this short film from their magnificent album, Lux Livens: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen.
Best wishes to all of you for a new year filled to the brim with wonderment.
In order not to be lost in the whirl of time,
either past or present,
the artist must look at all things
with the energy and clarity
of a hyperthyroid Buddha.
-- Jim Harrison