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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just like the butterfly in an earlier post, another example of nature's defense mechanisms. How intimidating it must feel for a predator to cope with an army of soldiers lurking just behind the victim.

I was taking pictures of this peacock and suddenly the fantail opened and I was stunned to see the beauty of the plumage. I don't know if it was pride or fear that caused the reaction but either way, I held my distance and did not approach so again it worked to his advantage.

10 comments:

Virginia S. Wood, PsyD said...

You could be right--those do look like eyes! But I think this is an example of sexual selection at work: the girls really like this stuff and so not only the tailfeathers but also other genetic traits get passed on. Either way, helluva shot!

Lynda Lehmann said...

Fantastic display and photo, Dan!

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Virgina for the comment and I will submit to your expertise in this area...I guess it is like the male red cardinal or the male lion with the mane. Thanks again for stopping by.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Lynda,
Not nearly as intricate as your fractals but mother nature doesn't have access to a computer!

Dan

Karrie said...

I needed this today :) Thank you Dan for another uplifting and beautiful post!!

Dan Felstead said...

Karrie,

It is warm here today...finally for at least a while which means this warm weather is headed in your direction...hope you have the chance this weekend to see a peacock in the wild!

Dan

TheChicGeek said...

You have a lovely blog. I've enjoyed visiting today. I will be back :)
Beautiful picture!

Dan Felstead said...

ChicGeek,
Thanks for visiting and I appreciate the time you took too leave a comment. Stop back by anytime!

Dan

Bonz said...

Dan -
The peacock is beautiful - as is all your work. I also really liked the barrel racer.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks for visiting the blog Bonz...I appreciate the comment especially coming from someone with your talent!

Dan