Crows take the sky
"However beautiful the stars of a suddenly visible night sky, few nowadays could find their way by them. But the constellations of solidarity, altruism, and improvisation are within most of us and reappear in times of disaster."
--Rebecca Solnit, Paradise Built in Hell: the Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster (2009).
I spent the night at my place, which feels strangely unfamiliar to me now, and woke hours before this glorious dawn. As I rushed for the camera, thousands of crows rose into the sky to begin this day. I have been thinking about solidarity, altruism, and improvisation as human qualities that arise in times of stress if we can avoid being overtaken by fear.