Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wildife, etc. (for Wildlife)

In honor of Earth Day, today we have a bit of a case of gulls gone wild. OhioLINK turns up 13 examples of Wildife, five of Wiildlife, four of Wildlfe, three of Widllife, and two of Widlife. In Finding Nemo, Nigel the pelican dismisses seagulls as "rats with wings," but others have been far more admiring. Anton Chekhov wrote a play called The Seagull in which the eponymous bird is symbolic of our broken dreams. They were my nature-loving grandmother's favorites. And in the movie Harold and Maude, she points to them and tells him: "Dreyfus once wrote from Devil's Island that he would see the most glorious birds. Many years later in Brittany he realized they had only been sea gulls... For me they will always be glorious birds." (Picture of careening seagulls by "Angie" from Japan, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Carol Reid

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