Victoria Crowned Pigeon Greeting Card

This is our Victoria Crowned Pigeon Greeting Card, and the bird is an exotic pigeon native to New Guinea.

This is our Victoria Crowned Pigeon Greeting Card, and the bird is an exotic pigeon native to New Guinea.

It walks at a casual and studied pace across the forest floor, with its steely blue colouring shading into the shimmering maroon and purple on its breast. And wherever it walks it carries its lace-like blue crest that vies for attention with its red iris.

It’s big for a pigeon, more than two feet from head to toe – 75cm in the less poetic metric measurement.

35 thoughts on “Victoria Crowned Pigeon Greeting Card

        1. It’s hard to imagine they are the authors of their finery – as in the Victoria Crowned pigeon saying to itself, ‘I think I will go for a delicate tracery of feathers with little feathers at the terminus of each spray.’ And if they are not the authors, then what dictates that they take pleasure in the result? It’s a mystery to me.

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        2. Not what I meant at all, David. What we see has taken many centuries of refinement and successful reproduction… What works is successful, what does not is dinner for another species:/

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        3. So much more going on than just the fanciful feathers we see. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder – created for the species’ own attraction and the ‘pleasure’ of successfully reproducing one’s own genetics – doing the best for where you are, when you are, to ensure survival…

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        4. Yes, I can see that – the bigger, the brighter, the more this, the more that. Whatever it is, it all points back to indicating that this is a prime member of the species, and therefore more desirable for continuation of the species. Let’s think about attributes of intelligence. Crows are intelligent. They can use tools and fashion tools. Are members of the opposite sex of the species attracted to the best problem solvers?

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        5. What balance, whose balance? The dinosaurs that became extinct long before we arrived on the scene? On the face of it we seem to be doing a pretty good job of messing up the place. But then, we’re only part of the picture – so whose balance?

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        6. I get that. The word ‘balance’ implies that imbalance also exists. So where does the observer stand to judge or see whether things are in balance or not? As a character in the Addams Family says – There is no normal. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.

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        7. Man killing spiders and flies with fly swatter is normal. Man killing spiders and flies with nerve toxin that inadvertently wipes out all animals is normal.

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        8. Sorry, but I am referring to how things work without outside interference. Both of these are most distinctly examples of ‘Human interference’ (and Nature would manage quite nicely without us in the picture; )

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        9. Deb, how do you regard Nature? Does it have a purpose in the way we think of humans as having a purpose? If we look at humans we can see they have plans, many of them. And they have transformed the world accordingly. Or, one could argue that maybe not, maybe humans are simply choosing between dish x and dish y in much the same way that animals do because humans are not truly conscious – only believing they are. Or one could say that humans have autonomy to break with instinct and change not just their environment but also their perspective. How do you regard humans and Nature?

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        10. Dinosaurs became extinct as a result of a meteorite slamming into the earth. (Impact crater was found in Siberia, if memory serves?) so not much choice happening in that instance:/

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        11. I think maybe the Gulf of Mexico, but either way – yes. Unless one expands the idea of ‘here’ to take in the whole of the solar system, the whole of the universe, everything that exists. And that idea becomes more mainstream as we grasp quantum relationships.

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        12. Here, meaning where we live; this planet Earth for which we are the Caretakers and have all too often used for purposes of greed, malice and self-aggrandisement rather the good of our home and the life we share it with. But, in order to properly perform as Caretakers, we actually need to become aware of How. Things. Work. and not just assume that we .know what’s best.
          So many combinations and permutations; so much to learn and consider… How can we ever assume to know what’s best? We are all students and ever shall remain so

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