Re-post: Flamingos

16 12 2013

Originally posted 12.2009

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

I believe I shot this image of flamingos at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. I’ve always loved this composition, and it was one of my first images I selected to send to ScanCafe. Notice the “S-curve” composition?

Interesting Sidebar: I read on Wikipedia that “a well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored and thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception; many turn a pale pink as they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild.” The amount of pigment laid down in the feathers depends on the quantity of pigment in the flamingo’s diet. An absence of carotenoids in its food will result in new feather growth that is very pale; the existing pigment is lost through molting. Flamingos in captivity require a special diet to ensure they preserve their striking colors.




One response

2 01 2014

Happy new year Cindy. 🙂

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