Friday, March 26, 2010

Skywatch Friday

Took this while my daughter Lila and I were
strolling the boardwalk at Coney Island.
Someone started feeding the seagulls, and
they began to flock. I thought "Hitchcock" and
Lila (who suffers somewhat from ornithophobia
and has been known to cross the street to
avoid pigeons) was actually very brave as we
walked past slowly so as not to stir them up.
Do you have any phobias? (Mine is fear of driving,
for which there is apparently no specific name.)

[See more Skywatch here.]


  1. My first look at seaguls and first thought - Hitchcock!:)Exactly! No..I haven't any phobias...I think so:)

  2. I'm a bit melophobic when it pertains to crossover country musick! BIDDA BOOM! With regard to pigeons, egads I'm afraid I didn't fare too well my first time in Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris (although the pigeons did) when I decided to feed a part of my croque monsieur to them one sunny afternoon. Suddenly, I was in Hitchcock's "The Birds" and there was only tossing a chunk of sandwich and running while saying "Get the Marie Medici out of my way, you kids with sailboats!" Ah, but I digress...I really am not a fan of country music, unless of course it is the music from our country known as JAZZ. To your blog...Walking the Coney Island boardwalk sounds lovely and nostalgic. Takes me back to my days in Cape May, NJ. Have a great weekend.

  3. Yay, Coltrane! You can paradiddle on by any old time—always glad to see you and promise to put no country music on the Victrola (or rap—my least fave).

  4. oh, very nice shot....I like it so much.con grats

  5. My first thought was that it reminds me of my current banner, which I guess reminds me of The Birds!

    Phobias, let's see....I really do not like to be up high in anything open and small, like a hot air balloon (never have tried!) or a Ferris wheel.

  6. P.S. I'm sure you've looked this up yourself, but I found this online: (all but driving!)

    Amaxophobia- Fear of riding in a car.
    Dystychiphobia- Fear of accidents.
    Hodophobia- Fear of road travel.
    Motorphobia- Fear of automobiles.
    Ochophobia- Fear of vehicles.
    Tachophobia- Fear of speed.
    Traumatophobia- Fear of injury.

    And now, would you believe that my WV is DROVEi??

  7. I share Lila's phobia ~ but I can appreciate them in flight like this, Alexa!

    And hi, Coltrane ~ what a way to make an entrance. :) Lucky it was you, not me, as I'd have used one of the kids with sailboats as a human shield.

  8. Excellent picture; I wonder how it is to fly ?

  9. Beautiful capture of birds on flight.

  10. I believe it is vehiculumcoegiphobia, but I’m just guessing.

    I develop a fear of music when the enforcer of water rationing is a coward—or “If it’s yellow let it melophobia.”

    Some years ago in Santa Barbara there was a huge avian gang fight over control of the city trash dump—crows versus sea gulls. Somehow I’m glad the sea gulls won. Beautiful ocean-going birds they may be (and admirably caught by Alexa in flight) they can be pretty tough thugs. Glad Alexa and fille survived their encounter without getting mugged.

  11. Very nice shot of seagulls! I don't have any phobia that I am aware of and I hope your daughter will overcome her fear of birds.

    Have a delightful weekend! :-)

  12. Thanks, all—I loved your comments!
    Bibi—thanks for your list of "almost but not quites." And did you see what TG came up with?—after I struggled all day to figure out what the Latin might possibly be for "fear of driving"?
    TG -- you slay me! I fear that Lila may always traverse the Piazza San Marco wearing a baseball cap (if not carrying a golf umbrella), but time may tell.


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