I've always admired those who seem to have taken a direct course towards their goals and arrive just as they have planned. My journeys in life have been more like this line of sea foam leading to Haystack Rock; meandering and broken up a bit, but hopefully still heading in the right direction.
Photo by @FransLanting These black-browed albatross chicks have a long way to go before they can lift their wings and become the supreme flyers sailors have admired for centuries. They’re plump from the fish and squid oil they get fed and they’re all sitting on mud nests built by their parents which turn into thrones over time. After the young birds fledge, they roam the open ocean for several years without coming back to land, but most of the survivors return to the island where they are born to seek mates. And then the cycle of life continues for the lucky ones. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see the amazing courtship rituals of albatrosses that culminates in these fluffy chicks.