Sunday, November 30, 2008


Clockwise from upper left: (1) Spread Ash Mookee; (2) Black Stargard Zitterhal ; (3) Black MF Crested Helmet; (4) Red Bar German Beauty Homer.

A small blurb in a local newsweekly directs us to the Puyallup Fairgrounds. A need to be away from the house for an hour or so ensures that we go.

The child and I find ourselves parked inside the Orange Gate and entering the Restaurant Hall. We find ourselves in the midst of more than one hundred pigeon fanciers and seven hundred cages containing all types of pigeon varieties—Modenas, Homers, Rollers, Archangels, Dragoons, Tumblers, and Doves. We are spotted immediately and approached. It may be due to not wearing a coat identifying our particular pigeon club or chapter. It may be due to the naïveté of all things pigeon written upon our faces.

The pigeon fanciers are friendly and hospitable. We are given basic information about pigeons and turned loose to walk up and down the aisles of cages, admiring the beautiful birds within.

The cooing and soft calling of the pigeons is soothing. This is a peaceful escape from a world of economic turmoil and terrorism in Mumbai and political machinations. We can imagine ourselves pigeon fanciers for a short time.

We feather our nests and hunker down within for some time before we head back into the strangely warm weather of late November and return home.

(5) AOC Performing Roller.

(6) Cage after cage at the Northwest Winter Pigeon Classic.

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