|An immature Red-tailed hawk I'm guessing.|
Suddenly, a second important question entered my mind. Who, rationally speaking, has the best looking head; fishes, birds, or mammals? I would include insects, those strange invertebrates in this equation, except the unfair advantage of having over 1.2 million species more than our vertebrate families 62,000 (only 5,400 of which are mammals) makes pondering the question awkward. Besides, even I would humbly purpose that my own flesh covered coconut looks better than your average ant head. So, for purposes of discussion lets eliminate the spineless.
Clearly, one disadvantage we mammals have when comparing our noggins with birds and fishes are those conspicuous ear flaps screwing up the headscape, about as attractive as dried apricots. If your a fan of clean, aerodynamic lines it is a deal breaker. Many times I have seen humans try to hide their ears by sweeping their hair back over them as if an Irish setter were sitting on their head with those furry hind legs pressed to each side. Even earring displays as flashy as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon don't hide the essential truth.
Many a failed artist has turned to meat cutting as a viable trade because of the difficulty of drawing a respectable ear. Even the incomparable Van Gogh sliced off his own ear to make self portraiture easier, that's my theory. Add an unfortunately formed nose to the mess and you've got real trouble. Sure, cute little tiger faces up the average for team mammal but there's not quite enough of them to make a difference. Bronze medal.
Okay, so it's between fish and birds for the championship. Who has the best looking head between these two? Easy. Sorry fish, but having external lungs flapping unceasingly on the sides of the head where your ears should be is hardly winsome. Silver.
So in the end the birds have it, like there was any doubt. Gold medal!
|How chillingly close is this swan image to Van Gogh's self portrait?|
I want to say how appreciative I am to have received such high regards and genuine, heartfelt advice responding to my post last week announcing my retirement from the Detroit Fire Department. My last day is this coming Friday. Those are heavy words for me to carry. My son Josh and I will be riding Engine 23 together that last day on the job. What a rare pride I take away having such a fine young man call me Dad. We have chalked up many long nights together only to meet the next morning, smelling of smoke, for our ritual, a peaceful drive around Belle Isle clicking bird pictures. How I shall miss those blessed conversations!
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