In a friend’s backyard flock, there is a plain little hen who lays the most gloriously blue-green eggs. She also turns out to have this other glorious color trick: in full sun, her humble black feathers transform into iridescent jewels. Optical wizardry.
The astonishing thing is that she is such a very under-appreciated genius. This unsung color hero is the beleaguered lowest girl in the pecking order. She has to be fed separately to make sure she gets enough to eat.
I will not make the obvious comments about social injustices and the blindness of gallus gallus domesticus (or the rest of us). I will merely say that over and over again I have been made to see that things I thought ordinary are in some way most extraordinary. Keeping eyes, ears, mind, and heart open are hard to do, but the rewards can be astounding.
Bless you, “Vinnie,” for both your avian beauty and your patient perseverance. Look carefully, friends. Good things often come in plain-seeming packages.
Another case of magically emerging fishes and drowned trees. Take enough photos of a living pond, blow them up, crop them, focus in… and lo! there will be life. These fellows were companionably investigating the strange disturbances from above; being San Diego koi, they are as unused to raindrops as the rest of us. But such things are always worth checking: you never know when it might be Koi Chow raining down.
I love the color of these red beauties against the algae green of the wooly bottom of their pond. The reflective surface masks and reveals the life of the pond. Many fish, not just red ones, glide unseen beneath lily pads and lotus leaves. It takes a disturbance like the ripples or a nearby reflection to poke a hole in the mirror of sky on the pond’s surface, and allow glimpses into the depths.
I especially like the design of this piece: the play of dark and light shapes, and the myriad ways they merge and are broken apart by colliding ripples.
As always, Think Rain.