Saturday, March 13, 2010
Birds of a Feather
The most intriguing of the birds in Florida for me were the snowy egrets with their wispy plumage. They were like entire balls of white cloud or dancing threads. These birds almost met their demise when women's vanity demanded hats with the exotic decor of real bird feathers and eventually whole birds were stuffed and placed on their heads like some weird homage to hunting. Hundreds of these awkward looking delicate creatures would be killed in a single day! That was when mankind felt that everything on this earth was his domain and it would all last forever. Lesson still being learned!
For more information on the demise of birds brought about so that women could wear stylish hats you can check this link or for a chronological history of this craziness go here. And if you have the stomach for how entire birds looked when killed and placed on womens' heads go here. Fur, feathers and skin...what a fix we were in!