Peacock In Full Display


First thing to say: Click the images to see larger versions.

This is Kew Gardens in London where we spent the day a couple of weeks ago. My wife Tamara spotted the peacock and we walked towards it convinced it would skedaddle as soon as we got close.

But it had other things on its mind as a female came walking by. And walking ‘by’ is the operative word because she didn’t pay the slightest attention to him as he went into full display.

My wife found it very funny. Being a man, I felt for the poor male…

I had my Fuji X100s with me. It has a fixed 35mm-equivalent lens, so I couldn’t zoom for a close shot. But I got down and lay out on the grass to get the best shots I could.

One of the things we noticed was the incredible green area behind the peacock’s head – right in the centre. An incredibly powerful green. Just beautiful.


It wasn’t until I started processing the images that I found myself thinking about the legs. There is something touching about all that magnificence mounted on those two legs.

It’s as though the rule is that one has to look at only the ‘good’ bit of the picture and not concentrate on what is holding the picture in place.

I think it’s a psychological tendency that perhaps we all share?

And then viewed from the back or the side, it’s a whole other thing. Rich browns, fluffy white, and those legs.

And that’s the female walking past – blind to his charms.



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  1. Barb says:

    From the back or from the front, they are stunning, and you captured them well. After seeing all that beauty, perhaps the female was put off by his very plain and ordinary legs!


    1. Yes, you are right – and who knew pheasants had legs like a chicken?

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