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Seductive Peacock on Vashon Island

Cathleen Knutson

Shoreline, United States

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The Power of Bird Seduction-Funny Story

I was on Vashon Island, Washington walking around at an Art Walk with my mom. We stepped in poop on the way to the artist’s house where she was selling candles made of bees wax. I stepped outside to see if she had any other items for sell and I saw this beautiful male peacock struting his stuff and doing his seductive dance. I took a couple of photos with my cell phone (which I knew wouldn’t do him justice, it’s like me comparing my basketball skills to Michael Jordon’s.) I needed the NIKON!!! But did I have enough time to run all the way down this long lumby road with huge pot holes? I almost bit it on my way to the car where my NIKON was sitting faithfully calling out my name. I grabbed my NIKON, pulled myself out of a few potholes, and the seduction was still on. My shutter was moving. I motioned for my model to turn for another angle, he ignored me, I ran after him and flapped my arms and he threatened to lower his fanned feathers. I panicked. Now the shutter was really moving. I finished off and said," That’s enough, I’m done with you! Remember you’re nothing without me. Stick with me or you’ll be looked at as a common bird… like a pigeon."

My fellow artists, you know where I’m coming from you have to be harsh with these birds. Don’t worry, he wasn’t upset about the pigeon comment so I changed it to a seagull. A tear formed in his eye. Dang, I didn’t get it on film.

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