Difficult Flamingo

Day 12 — National Blog Posting Month.

There is no theme today other than another bird picture. On Day 9, the chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo. The chief difficulty I’m finding, again, is in managing the life of Lewis Carroll in daily blog posts.

Greater Flamingo.  John James Audubon c. 1827 - 1838

Greater Flamingo. John James Audubon c. 1827 – 1838

Here is the full paragraph from Chapter 8, The Queen’s Croquet-Ground,  which describes Alice’s difficulties:

The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo: she succeeded in getting its body tucked away, comfortably enough, under her arm, with its legs hanging down, but generally, just as she had got its neck nicely straightened out, and was going to give the hedgehog a blow with its head, it WOULD twist itself round and look up in her face, with such a puzzled expression that she could not help bursting out laughing: and when she had got its head down, and was going to begin again, it was very provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled itself, and was in the act of crawling away: besides all this, there was generally a ridge or furrow in the way wherever she wanted to send the hedgehog to, and, as the doubled-up soldiers were always getting up and walking off to other parts of the ground, Alice soon came to the conclusion that it was a very difficult game indeed.


NOTE: This Phoenicopterus ruber, a Greater Flamingo, was drawn by John James Audubon for his book, The Birds of America, the world’s most expensive book according to TIME Magazine. (12/8/10)

The 19th century masterpiece, replete with  435 hand-colored illustrations, has long been considered a crucial document about U.S. natural history. The winning bid of $10,270,000 went to an anonymous collector bidding by telephone, auction house Sotheby’s said. 

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