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Red Shoe Ramblings » So “Bird Brain” may not be an Insult!

So “Bird Brain” may not be an Insult!


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If you could magically transform yourself into an animal for an hour or so - a once in a lifetime thing just to see how that animal experiences the world - would you do it?

I’ve always thought I’d want to try being a bird and be able to soar above the earth to see how much it feels like my flying dreams. But a recent article in Parade magazine gave me one more reason to think it would be cool to see through a bird’s eyes for just a little while:

For the best sight, we need a bird’?s-eye view. Some birds have at least four types of color receptors. “?We can’?t possibly imagine how incredibly colorful the world is to birds’? eyes,”? says Scott Lanyon, professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “?For every color that we perceive, birds can see multiple distinct colors. Relative to birds, we humans are all color-blind.”?

Of course it might be hard to go back to being virtually color-blind after that, but still, what an experience that would be!

What about you - if you answered yes to the first question in this post, what animal would you want to become for an hour and why?

Here’s today’s Daily Art Thang:


“Autumn Shadow”
(clickable if you want to see it larger in a new window)

17 Responses to “So “Bird Brain” may not be an Insult!”

  1. on 25 Oct 2006 at 9:41 am The Calico Cat

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    one of my cats - they are both completely spoiled! (You probabyl could have guessed that though.)

    From the unexpected realm, a dolphin - I love when they are “playing” in the wake of a boat… & I want to know what they think of “us.”

  2. on 25 Oct 2006 at 9:59 am tiff

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    I’d be a bird (any kind is fine). I’d spend the hour swooping and flying (and perhaps pooping on someone’s car) and trying to make a memory of it all.

  3. on 25 Oct 2006 at 11:14 am utenzi

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    A wolf, I think. I’d like to experience what it’d be like to run at a fast speed for hours, nose to the ground smelling my way across the grassy hills, and barely have to breath hard.

  4. on 25 Oct 2006 at 11:36 am Jenny-up the hill

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    My first thought was a giraffe…then I remembered that giraffes are silent and that would be misery for me!lol!! I think maybe a panda bear…they eat all day you know!!

  5. on 25 Oct 2006 at 11:59 am Amber

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    Wow, that is amazing! I heard that before. Can you imagine?
    :)

  6. on 25 Oct 2006 at 12:36 pm la vie en rose

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    that’s cool!

    lately i’ve been connecting to hawks and coyotes so i’d probably choose one of those…

  7. on 25 Oct 2006 at 12:37 pm Janet

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    I love love love this picture of you! I did a self portrait series last night ;-)
    http://flickr.com/photos/fondofelves/278714271/

  8. on 25 Oct 2006 at 1:10 pm Natalya

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    My first thought was to be a dog, since i just love them so much…… but after reading on - I would love to try to be a bird!
    PS really enjoying your daily art thangs!

  9. on 25 Oct 2006 at 1:10 pm Janet

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    A cat because they’re usually spoiled rotten and sleep all day with little snacks now and then! But mostly because they’re very graceful….something I’ve never been.

  10. on 25 Oct 2006 at 3:52 pm Catherine

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    It would be really hard to choose - a “big cat” like a cheetah or a panther might be interesting, to get the feeling of running at speed, being sleek and fast. A bird, of course, would be fantastic - maybe an eagle. But then there is the whole underwater world of fish etc. Or dogs with their keen sense of smell and ability to hear sounds that we can’t. Fortunately I’ll never get the chance so I’ll never have to choose.
    I always try to keep my shadow out of my photos, but you have very successfully made it part of the photo.

  11. on 25 Oct 2006 at 3:58 pm ceanandjen

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    You know, I have to copy you just a bit here, and agree with the bird idea. How amazingly beautiful to see the world from up above, and to be absolutely free in the sky for even a short amount of time?

  12. on 25 Oct 2006 at 4:34 pm b/sistersshoes

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    First let me say a sincere thank you for all of the kind support I felt from you and your words to me. They were my strength.

    My mom and Dad’s dog is pretty spoiled and pampered, and would be a very tempting pick, but I think flying is too irresistable, but I would have to have a camera, so, big bird…Hmmmmm? Does an Ostrich fly?

    love to you,
    xxxdarlene

  13. on 25 Oct 2006 at 4:58 pm Liz

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    …. And when you consider how they migrate thousands of miles every year … apparently they navigate by the stars, according to BBC Autumnwatch! I’d be a bird too… a little sparrow… hmmm… or a seagull…

  14. on 25 Oct 2006 at 7:03 pm bee

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    i’ve never actually had a flying dream, so i think i’d pick a bird, too. i’m not sure what kind, though…

  15. on 25 Oct 2006 at 7:30 pm Tammy

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    I agree after reading this enlightening post!

  16. on 25 Oct 2006 at 7:43 pm Turquoise CRO

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    I’d be a turquoise CROW!!!or black is alright! lol Wow! Imagine flying!!!and seeeeeeeeeeeing colors better?!!well, I might be a red RED cardinal then or Blue Jay and fly looking for a mirror! lol

  17. on 26 Oct 2006 at 10:07 am Deb R

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    I loved reading everyone’s answers! It was especially fun to read WHY everyone would choose what they’d choose. Some of you picked my second and third choices too. If I could have that magical opportunity more than once, I’d like to try being a dolphin (like Amy) or a dog or wolf (like several of you mentioned).

    To Cinda, y’know, even to human eyes a black crow isn’t really black. Their feathers are iredescent and have all sorts of colors in there, like a dark rainbow. So imagine how colorful they’d actually be if we had four times as many color receptors as we do!

    To Janet (fondofsnape) - LOVE your self-portrait!! That’s fab!!!