images of the crossing over

(untitled) Jujisunim, Geum River, winter 2010

The frozen estuary of the Geum River is a seasonal home for a great variety of migratory birds. The Abbess of our temple drove us out to see them; but they were, I’m afraid, nothing more than black specks from where we stood. “Use your camera! Take a picture of the birds!” she insisted; and it was then I had to own to her my zoom only goes up to 55 mm. “I’ll take your picture instead,” I offered, and after several bashful false tries, she finally stood still and smiled.

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