BLACK AND WHITE BIRD PHOTOGRAPH
Have you ever looked at a particular feature of yours and thought about how nice it would be if you hadn’t been born with it? Or vice versa? Have you absolutely adored another feature of yours and have been happy that your genetics lined up for you to have it? It’s only human nature to analyze our physical appearances and think of how they make us better or worse. However, all of our physical features are what make us unique.
The physical differences that manifest as skin tone, hair texture, height, weight, eye color, and so many more, make us who we are. Yet so many of us find that the features we hate outweigh the features we love. People love their dimples but hate their freckles. Yet, both of those are special features that make those people unique. So why do we love some features but hate a multitude of others?
These physical features manifest in animals much in the same way they do in humans. We might see some of these and think about how odd the animals look. When you think about it a lot of Earth’s creatures seem very alien. A giraffe has a ridiculously long neck, a platypus is half duck half beaver, birds are modern-day dinosaurs, and octopi can change colors on command. All very odd features to a human, but so normal and very necessary to their owners. Thankfully the animal kingdom seems to be rather grateful about its peculiarities.
One such animal is the sea bird I photographed here in the above bird picture. This sweet little thing was scurrying about a Florida coast one warm summer day. I was amused by her long black legs and the awkward movements they made as she traversed the landscape. From the legs up, the bird looked like it could have been a large songbird or nested in a woodland. The legs definitely gave away her coastal address, as there was no need for those long limbs anywhere else. They helped keep her feathered body above the salty tide.
The legs kept her clean and warm while enabling her an eagle eye view to search for prey below. They wouldn’t have done her much good if one were to compare her to a bluebird or warbler. Her legs would have seemed freakishly long and weirdly colored. So it was a good thing that those birds weren’t anywhere near her and she probably wouldn’t trade in her elegant long legs for anything. She might not have been able to consciously think of that but on a simpler level, she had to know why her build was important.
It would be so beneficial for us to think of our bodies in a similar way. They’re the product of years of selection and evolution all in the attempt to make us better. Our bodies are unique to us and are designed to serve us well. The least we can do to honor this is to accept and appreciate the features that make us unique.
COLOR & BLACK AND WHITE BIRD PHOTOGRAPH
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