A Photo for Friday

February 9, 2020
Montgomery, AL
FILED UNDER: Photo for Friday, Photography
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Mister Bluster says:

    Sky King…

  2. MarkedMan says:

    Love it

  3. CSK says:

    The shape of the bird replicates the shape of the clouds.

  4. de stijl says:

    What bird is that?

    The wingspan to body length ratio is crazy.

    Cloud patterns are fascinating. I have to walk an hour or so per day. Looking at clouds is a daily thing now. I like walking at twilight.

    Left step normal, right step CLOMP. It’s slowly getting better. I can roll my foot a bit and push off with the ball of the right foot now to a small degree.

    Walking and looking at stuff has made me a better person.

  5. Mu Yixiao says:

    @de stijl:

    Looks like it might be an albatross.

  6. de stijl says:

    @Mu Yixiao:

    Are there albatrosses in Alabama?

    I would guess some take on hawk.

    Montgomery is well off the coast. I could very well be wrong.

  7. de stijl says:

    Initially, I sometimes struggle with New Zealand and Boer white South African.

    The tonal profile is quite similar. There are contextual clues. Kiwis are the Canadians of the South Pacific; polite as can be. Even Zoe Bell, perhaps the most bad-ass woman alive, is actively polite.

    I can usually figure it out in a few sentences.

    One woman did baffle me; she was a white woman from Tanzania: country girl not city. The way she pronounced was really intriguing.

  8. de stijl says:

    @de stijl:


    Wrong thread. Meant for Open Thread.

    I apogize.

  9. Mu Yixiao says:

    @de stijl:

    Umm…. I thought AL stood for Aleutian Islands? [looks innocent].

    I completely missed the caption.

  10. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I saw this first thing after it posted. I liked it (it evoked a feeling in me), but I didn’t think it was a very good pic and I couldn’t say why. So I said nothing. I still can’t. The best I can say is, it tells no story. Sorry Steven. I wish I had something more constructive to say.

  11. @de stijl: I am terrible at bird identification, so I am not sure.

    Glad to hear that the foot is getting a little better, at least.

  12. @OzarkHillbilly: No worries. I appreciate the comment and that you liked it.