|High Tide||03:09 (2.30m)|
|Low Tide||08:55 (0.90m)|
|High Tide||15:27 (2.30m)|
|Low Tide||21:19 (1.00m)|
Sea conditions: calm, strong breeze whipping up tiny ripples
Weather: sunny, crisp
Joined by: Jo, Sara and The Poet
As promised for Sara, a piece of prose from the leaving performance by my first class at school, echoed by the Out of Water experience (more of this later) which came up in conversation:
A Sense of a Goose
Next autumn when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in a “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps their wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who have a common direction and a sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go alone…and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns at demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What message do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally…and this is important…when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies: then and only then, do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.