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woensdag 26 november 2014

Corner View "one color"





Kingfisher's blue!

Why is the Kingfisher blue?
He used to be called in the Germanic "Eisenvogel" (iron bird).
The reason for this is that iron jewelry had a blue color at the time
and so is the back of the Kingfisher. 
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The ancient Greeks believed that this bird on the open sea, was home. Hence the name for the Kingfisher: Halcyon (' the sea ' becoming pregnant). 
 The phrase comes from the ancient belief that the Halcyon calmed the surface of the sea in order to brood her eggs on a floating nest for fourteen days. This resulted in fourteen days of calm weather, to be expected around the winter solstice. 
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The belief in the bird’s power comes from the story of Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, and his daughter Alcyone, who was married to Ceyx, the king of Thessaly. Ceyx was drowned at sea and Alcyone threw herself into the sea in grief. Instead of drowning, she was carried to her husband by the wind.
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Kingfishers play a variety of different roles in the folklore of different Native American tribes. To the Northwest Coast Indians, Kingfisher is generally viewed positively, as a messenger and a sign of good luck to come.
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Some music to listen too!
Kingfisher's song
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Poem from Alcman - mid seventh-century Sparta -
Alcman wrote hymns to the gods and other choral poems to be performed at Spartan festivals. Perhaps most interesting for the modern reader
 is Alcman's talent for rendering simple, everyday things sublime
 through his graceful writing:
"No longer, oh honey-divine voiced maidens,
can my limbs carry me.
I wish I were a halcyon bird
that flies strong of heart
together with the kingfishers
over the flowering waves,
a sea-purple bird of spring."
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More ONE COLOR in the world;
 Fransesca, she is hosting:
Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - 
created by Jane, where bloggers from all corners.
The theme next week is "open doors", and comes from Joanne.


foto Wim van den Heever

12 opmerkingen:

  1. Such a beautiful bird! Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

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  2. Incredible colours. Love that special blue and the words.

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  3. That`s the most amazing blue!
    And believe it or not, I met that bird today for the first time here in Japan! Not in real life, but in another artists work. She makes artworks in enamel, and one of her works was of a bird that looks just like that!! The title of the picture was the Japanese character for `fly`, and the bird had wings open like in your second photo!! Exciting to meet that blue and bird today in your post !! Happy color-filled days!!♡

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  4. how interesting to learn the different stories in different times and cultures!

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  5. Thanks for the history, what a magnificent bird.

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  6. this little bird has such beautiful colors.

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  7. Thanks for the comment,wonderful images :)

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  8. What an incredible creature! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Beautiful and PERFECT timing! I am visiting my parents and my mother has a special love for kingfishers. She enjoyed the photos, history, poem and song :-)

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  10. kingfisher blue!! wonderful! i have seen one of these only a couple of times here in australia. they are amazingly beautiful!

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  11. ice blue is the colour that makes me dream away in an instant, there's something in that colour, the sound of it, that suits me fine. kingfisher blue is incredible too... i think i've got the blues now, susanna, hee hee... n♥

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