Posted by: atowhee | December 12, 2020


The motion and moments of movement that make murmuration have awed and befuddled our eyes and brains since our ancestors first stood up to see over the reeds and behold starlings in aggregation. There is an enormous collection images–still and video online. One can study starling murmurations. Scientists have. They report that each burd is flying in relationship to seven other, nearby starlings.

Now a Danish photographer–inspired by Japanese landscape art–has found deep beauty in the forms and formations of starlings being starlings aloft. Here is Soren Solkaer’s website.

Here is link to his starling book’s web page. It’s entitled Black Sun.

Here is a sample of the images in his book:

Solkaer grew up in Denmark near a wintering flock of a million starlings. Indelible, indescribable, indecipherable, inebriating. In effect, intense, in the air, in your mind and its eye.
Here is story describing Solkaer and why this work was inevitable.

Click here for one of the many youtube videos of murmuration.


  1. Finally, a purpose for the starling’s existence 🙂

    Karl Schneck Ashland, Oregon “As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.” John Muir  ( ‘< / )  ) // " "

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