Yesterday, I came upon these two peacocks, seemingly engaged in deep conversation. For a few seconds, seeing them interact made me feel like I was privy to something really special, but then I realized it probably wasn’t. To think that other living beings don’t communicate was such a typical, ridiculous, arrogant human thing to think, that it made me feel like a total dork. For all I know, they were probably making dinner plans… Duh!
UPDATE: In case you wonder what makes the peacock feathers so iridescent, it is because of a phenomenon called “structural color”. From a 2013 post on my other blog (The Creative Flux) where I touch on the subject:
“The interesting thing about structural color is that its metallic luminescence is caused by layers of transparent cells at a nanometric scale, that refract the underlying color as light, beaming back from a variety of angles. This is why we get this constantly changing iridescence that in effect is impossible to pin down as *one* color – we often perceive it as a range of colors – often bluish greens. Because structural color is manifested in its inherent physical surface geometries rather than as a separately applied layer of pigment, it holds up extremely well – it does not fade, dematerialize, or in other ways stray from its original shine. Amazingly, the only recorded change in a 2011 discovery of 47 million year-old beetle fossils, was a slight reddening of the original color! Time will tell how the fields of science, energy and design will use this relatively recent discovery.”