Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Beauty Is In The Eye (Feather) of The Beholder

Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I have a thing for peacocks. A good friend who owns several pairs of the birds provided me with hundreds of the colorful tail plumes to use in my wedding even. Make no mistake, these creatures are something I really do treasure.

It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This statement could be amended with "with the exception of peacocks". They are they icon of beauty and pride. Their iridescent sheen, uniquely shaped plumes and unreal colors have earned them their title.

Their feathers are instantly recognizable but few actually realize what the incredible eye feathers are used for. For a peahen, they are irresistible. The male will turn towards the female and spread out his tail, aim her direction, and shake these feathers is a short swift vibrating motion. The feathers rubbing against each other sound like wind through the trees and the hen quickly becomes mesmerized by the peacocks display.

Imagine how odd the dating scene would be if people worked the same way.

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