As leaves drop from the trees and the city grows more monochromatic day by day, I offer you a dazzling reminder of late spring, when the three peacock boys of Saint John the Divine just couldn’t stop showing off their big, beautiful tail feathers.
The boys have lost their tail feathers for the season, now. In October, when I took the photos below, the birds were in varying stages of molt.
The single all-white peacock had lost his long, trailing tail feathers,
as had this classically colored fellow, who appeared to be wearing a gaudy silk shirt with old, brown corduroys.
The bird on the right was still flaunting some long, green eye-feathers.
They’re all gone now, the tail feathers. But don’t worry. In just a few more months, as trees bud and grass greens, the feathers will grow back, and the birds will be displaying again, in all their splendor.
Until then, take pleasure in autumn, because it’s passing, and winter, because, like it or not, it’s on its way.2011, Birds, Fall, In the City, June, November, October, Peacocks, Seasons
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