In a time of tragedy, many people look for comfort in the power of the divine or look for solace from a higher being. People assign meaning to symbols and look for meaning itself. It can bring comfort in a period that seems devoid of comfort, and a sense of peace in a time when peace seems nearly impossible.
In the wake of the recent mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, 49 birds may have delivered the message of comfort that many are seeking.
On Monday evening, the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center held a candlelight vigil for the 49 victims. Silence fell over the crowd as the names were each read — silence that was often punctuated by cries of grief from loved ones mourning the lives of those lost.
And as the names of all 49 victims were read aloud during the vigil in Orlando, a photographer glanced up and saw a flock of birds overhead. And, as photographers do, she snapped a quick photo, not realizing the significance of what she had managed to capture.