Pillow Fight

April 10, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Each spring as wildlife starts to shed the cold of winter the age old gatherings driven by eons of survival instincts begin to play out. In the oceans turtles gather on beaches to mate and lay eggs. Birds gather in flocks to begin migrations. Rays shoal together and spiny lobsters form columns marching across the seabed. The warming heat from our closest star encourages life of all descriptions to act. Sometimes the act is short lived and spectacular. Mayflies appear on a single night in early summer. By morning most are dead and food for opportunistic scavengers.

 

Biologist are now watching a newly discovered ritual which happens once a year in early spring in the northern hemisphere. The species is homo-sapiens and the ritual is called the "Pillow Fight". By methods not yet fully understood, this spectacular event happens across the planet in a seemingly synchronised  gathering in open spaces. The ritual consists mostly of members of homo-sapiens hitting each other with cloth bags filled with feathers know as "The Pillow". Scientists are still in dispute as to the reasons behind such a vigorous activity. Some claim it's part of a mating ritual. The last surviving fighter being held as a high status individual within their group and thus privileged with exclusive dating with other homo-sapiens of their choice. Environmental and social biologists point to evidence which indicates the Pillow Fight is something thats fun and helps maintain individual and group harmony. Perhaps even reducing the risk of clashes with other homo-sapiens groups.

 

At this years Pillow Fight in London I was able to get quite close without disturbing the Pillow Fighters with my camera and managed to catch a few of them in action.

 

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