Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
The irony of this series of bird images is that I’m afraid of them. I’ve tried to figure it out, but it’s just an irrational fear. Those closest to me have tried to figure it out. “Did the Hitchcock movie creep you out?” “Did a bird attach you?” The only bird trauma I can remember goes back to my 7th or 8th birthday party. We raised and butchered chickens for our freezer. My brother, Ken, chased the girls at my birthday party with an amputated chicken’s claw from a butchering session. Whatever the reason, you will never see me walking up to or petting a bird. But if they are not in my personal space, I love watching them or examining the unusual beauty of birds like this peacock-pheasant. Amazing the infinite variation on one theme.