Flamingo Symbolism

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A popular and well-loved tropical bird, the flamingo can be found on a wide range of objects around the world. This now-familiar silhouette is immediately recognizable due to its long beak and gangly legs.

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Often found on art pieces, or used as print design on clothing, bags, shoes, and more, this stunning bird is also celebrated for the unique coloring of its reddish-orange (and sometimes pink) plumage.  The common name “flamingo” comes from the Latin word “flamma,” which means “flame.”

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Ancient Egyptians considered the flamingo the embodiment of the sun god, Ra. Because of their bright, fire-like plumage, their image became a symbol of fire, emotions, and inspiration. The hieroglyph of a flamingo represented the color red.

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In more modern times, the flamingo has come to represent everything from balance to originality and heart.

No comments, Elise Anderson, December 28, 2017

Mountains in Literature, Part 3

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The last in our 3-part series of posts about Mountains in literature, the following list features some of our favorite mountain-themed quotes from literature paired with unique mountain-inspired art and decor pieces from the Wildlife Wonders “Cabin and Lodge” collection. (See our first two posts on Mountains in Literature for more!)

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“The secret of the mountain is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no “meaning,” they are meaning; the mountains are.”

– Peter Mattheissen

 

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“I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life.”

– Mark Obmascik

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“The greatest gift of life on the mountain is time. Time to think or not think, read or not read, scribble or not scribble — to sleep and cook and walk in the woods, to sit and stare at the shapes of the hills.”

– Philip Connors

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“Although I deeply love oceans, deserts and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty. They keep me continuously wanting to know more, feel more, see more.”
―Victoria Erickson

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No comments, Elise Anderson, December 19, 2017

Starfish Facts

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Starfish are a fascinating group of spiny sea creatures. While not exactly a fish, there are over 2,000 species of “sea star” in a range of colors, sizes, and types.

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Starfish are able to regenerate limbs that are torn off or injured. These unique animals belong to the Phylum Echinodermata and are related to sand dollars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.

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No comments, Elise Anderson, December 11, 2017

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