08-04-09 Flocking Behavior 02


Humans don’t flock, of course. They march or gather or group. And “drafting,” as mentioned in yesterday’s post, only occurs at relatively high speeds. Thus, the guys playing the flutes are only able to get by with less effort than those in front of them because they were smart enough to pick little instruments. Notice the white leg guards on the drummers, by the way. I wonder how long that piece of equipment has been part of the uniform?

I should mention that this is the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in London. Tourists flock there on a regular basis to witness the spectacle. Did I say “flock?” I meant “gather.”

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  1. Ah, such fond memories of WHS band! I have neglected to start my morning on your blog since we’ve been staying at the lake and there is no internet but I am happy to be connected now. I am a bit surprised to see this photo since I mainly see pictures and hear you talk about eastern Europe, Italy, and France. Anyways, great photo — I was just reading about the changing of the guard the other day and understand it to be about a 45 minute process!

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