On the morning I arrived in Amritapuri, I looked out the window of my flat and saw two small birds sitting together in a nearby palm tree. They looked like fluffy baby birds although were not tiny. I tried to take a photo but could not get the camera to zoom close enough.
Early the next morning, I saw the same, or similar, birds in the tree. They were usually perched side-by-side but occasionally they separated. This time, I could snap close up photos.
The birds groomed each other. At times, they were so close that if I hadn’t known better I would have thought there was only one bird in the tree.
At one point, one of them started to open its wings…
… but then tucked them in again.
Then they both flew away. Their wings were pure white and way bigger than I had thought. I believed I had been able to capture a photo of the birds in flight, but when I looked all that was on my camera was a picture of the empty tree!
At least I have the vision of their beautiful wings etched in my memory.
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