For the love of peacock
This week I got to meet a couple I have not seen for about at least five years. They used to have several flower shops in Toronto then they closed one after the other and retired. They bought an apartment in Florida and stay there four months a year then come back to Toronto when it is warm. They travel a great deal and had so many stories to tell.
I asked about of all places they visited, where they like the most. They asked me the same question and without hesitation, I said: Hawaii.
I said beside the incredible nature beauty, friendly and laid back people, fresh food, and great weather. One thing I love so much is: there are about 20 wild peacocks wondering around in the gated community we stay.
David excited pulled out his cell phone to show me the peacocks they have in their Florida home.
To me, peacock is out of this world beautiful. I could stand beside them for hours to admire their amazing feather--the rich blue, green and tel colors. They are graceful, majestic and regal. The peacock is the national bird of India-- a country I love but never been to. To me, there is no better match between a bird and a county than peacock and India. Every time I see a peacock, it evokes the same feeling when I think of India.
“Peacock” refers to male animals and “peahen” to females; together, they’re called peafowl. There are three different species of peafowl: the Indian peafowl, green peafowl and Congo peafowl. Only Indian peacocks have the glorious feather trains and vibrant blue and green plumage. Peacocks use their trains to attract mates – the bigger and prettier the train, the more likely a peacock is to attract a mate. How wonderful! I love to browse Indian wedding magazines and web sites and appreciate the beautiful outfits of bride and grooms. I especially appreciate the amazing designs for grooms. Sometimes I fancy to start a clothing line for male because I think there are endless possibilities to dress men. Most of the luxury brands' runway looks for male are either crazy or gimmicky yet if you look at a lot of Indian groom outfits, they are dignified, solemn, fun, distinguished and sexy.
According to National Geographic, the peacock is one of the largest flying birds because the length of its train (around 150 cm) and wingspan (140 cm to 160 cm). Green peafowl's length ranges between 1.8 to 3 m.
Microscopic is the key to makes the peacock’s feathers so brilliant and magnificent. It's acrystal-like structures that reflect different wavelengths of light depending on how they’re spaced, resulting in bright fluorescent colors. Another two fascinating creatures I love-hummingbirds and shimmering butterflies have mastered a similar visual effect on their own wings.
Peafowl do not enjoy living alone, and tend to stay within small groups as they are highly sociable and dependent birds. In Hinduism, the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who represents patience, kindness and luck. In decorative art, the peacock symbolizes dignity and beauty. In China, peacock represents divinity, rank, power, and beauty. It also resembles protection and holiness.
I took a lot of photos and recorded many short videos of peacock in Hawaii. Hopefully this winter I will be able to visit Hawaii again and go to say hi to them.
It's Friday so I wish you a wonderful beautiful weekend.