What struck me most about our two friends here – the American White Pelican and the Cormorant in classic wing-spread pose – was the stark contrast between the two. Could any two be more clearly opposite? The pelican – big, round, white, and fluffy – glides with grace and dignity atop the water. Our Cormorant friend on the other hand – small, sleek, angular, and black – spends much of its time darting beneath the water’s surface.
Too bad the decisions we are forced to make in life can’t be as black and white as these two birds. Instead, we are often forced to weigh features that seldom present a clear cut, decisive opposite. Nature is so much simpler. The lines so much cleaner.