Two ways to describe the habitual, seasonal flight paths of geese: a skein woven into the air like stitches, which in turn form creases in the palm of the world’s hand.

‘From a satellite you could see them, long skeins of the goose bodies, sewn like stitches into the air. ┬áThe geese are en route for a few weeks each spring and again each autumn … this is a line creased into the palm of the world’s hand.’

Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 133

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