During a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting carnage, as the names of the 49 people whowere murdered were read aloud in recollection, a photographer turned her camera to the sky and took a picture of a flock of birds flying overhead.
It was only later when, on a whim, she counted the birds she realized something that was both beautiful and eerie.
There were 49 birds flying overhead at that exact moment.
Here is the photograph.
The photographer decided to remain anonymous, wantingeveryone’sattention to remain squarely withthe victims of this brutal hate crime.
But, she explained, “Seeing the birds made me feel a sense of peace about the tragedy.”
When she posted the photograph, she wrote, “There were 49 birds, my friends. The fallen were with us tonight.”
I can see why people responded to this image so deeply. In the face of such senseless brutality as the Orlando shooting, we all search for some succour, for aplace of shelter and solace, wherever we can find it.
Continuing the trend of beautiful, eerie photographs taken in the aftermath of the shooting is this other snapshot.
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