Nov 9 2015
I read somewhere about curiosity and how it applies to writing. I identified so much with it…it’s my new favorite word
So… write what you are curious about. It doesn’t matter what the topic is…think about it…..life is full of curious possibilities.
Today …I am curious about why geese fly all together and what’s up with the one that is left behind. How do they know which side of the v to be on….etc. you get the picture. Will I survive if I never find out….yes. But I just want to know.
The answer is……Why geese fly in a “V” while migrating is pretty complex actually. There are 2 purposes….
- Conserves their energy …..Think of how smart these guys are. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of them helping with the wind resistance. They take turns leading the pack. Each goose provides additional lift and reduces air resistance for the goose flying behind it.When a goose drops out of the v-formation it quickly discovers that it requires a great deal more effort and energy to fly.Team work. Power of others. Rotating leadership. Sometimes we are leaders, sometimes we are followers.
- The v formation helps keep track of all birds. and the shape allows some of them to burn less energy. Fighter pilots often use this formation for the same reason. Geese honk at each other ( I love when I see them overhead doing that) The Importance of Communication.
Other thoughts….Geese help each other.
Scientists discovered that when one goose becomes ill, is shot or injured, and drops out of the formation, two other geese will fall out of formation and remain with the weakened goose. They will stay with and protect the injured goose from predators until it is able to fly again or dies. Likewise, humans work best when they do more than just work together, but care for the well being of each other.
Ponder that word today and see what you are curios about. Research it, write about it. Knowledge is power right?
PS….You know you are curious…I was and now I know. I discovered that I love geese …..really!
Loving my life,