Jayne Ivimey

Counting-against-the-moon

Counting against the moon

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© Jayne Ivimey

Counting against the moonQuivering wing tipsDepartureTowards another summer

Birds of the Southern Ocean

Painted in New Zealand this series studied flight, the ocean and time zones, separating the air from the sea and the night from the day.

The Albatross circling the southern oceans on the ‘roaring forties’ makes tracks that endure only in memory. Wandering alone on expansive wings it exerts no propelling power of its own but works with the tension between the two great forces of gravity and solar powered wind. The godwits too, in a feat of endurance and navigation make an 11,000km. journey flying for nine or ten days to Alaska to breed in the northern summer, returning non stop to New Zealand in as little as eight days with no rest food or water.