A photograph by digitalART2:

Hyacinth Macaw

This beautiful photograph is under Creative Commons on flickr: attribution, noncommercial, no derivative works.

The magnificent Hyacinth Macaw is the largest of all parrots. This bird is endangered. From wiki:

The Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), or Hyacinthine Macaw, is a parrot native to central and eastern South America. With a length (from the top of its head to the tip of its long pointed tail) of about 100 cm (3.3 ft) it is longer than any other species of parrot. It is the largest macaw and the largest flying parrot species, though the flightless Kakapo of New Zealand can outweigh it at up to 3.5 kg. While generally easily recognized, it can be confused with the far rarer and smaller Lear’s Macaw. Habitat loss and trapping wild birds for the pet trade has taken a heavy toll on their population in the wild, and as a result the species is classified as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, and it is protected by its listing on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Dichrioc glass wall by cobalt123 on flickr:

Century Glass Glow

Under Creative Commons on flickr.

cobalt123 says:

Century Glass Glow

A glowing corridor, with a dichroic glass wall casting blue light across the polished floor. Always inspiring to see this glow while the family goes to and from Drew’s hospital room when he is in the Neuroscience Tower of St. Joseph’s, in Phoenix, Arizona. If you look at a large view, you will see that the textured glass has the pattern of gigantic Century plants, common in Arizona.

Blue Man Group:
under two minutes.

Blue Poison Dart Frog by Rastoni under creative commons on flickr:

Blue poison dart frog

BBC Blue Planet, Blue Whale:

Blue, by Trois Tetes( TT) under creative commons on flickr, with a beautiful poem:

Blue

Blue

Blue is the color of night
When the red sun
Disappears from the sky
Raven feathers shiny and black
A touch of blue glistening down her back
We don’t talk about heaven and we don’t talk about hell
We come to depend on one another so damn well
So go to confession whatever gets you through
You can count your blessings I’ll just count on blue

Lucinda Williams

Thanks to Dobak for the raven

Blue Origami Spiral by Mammaoca2008 under creative commons on flickr:

Blue origami spiral

With an explanation:

Blue origami spiral

Since plotters where invented, architects use tracing paper rarely. Tracing paper used to be very expensive and because we needed a lot, when you eventually found a stock at a good price you would buy a lot! That’s what my father did 15 years ago, 14 years ago he bought a plotter…. now we have stocked at the studio rolls and rolls and rolls of unused tracing paper so I’m experimenting how to do something with it. Here’s experiments for a lampshade. Origami spiral with inside IKEA baby night light in green and blue, and a head light bulb (experimenting lightning hats).
Enjoy and try!

Wonderful idea. And on that note, blue lighting, an Anti-Suicide lamp in a Tokyo subway by ykanazawa under creative commons on flickr:

Anti-suicide Lamp in Tokyu Yoga Station

Here is the explanation:

Anti-suicide Lamp in Tokyu Yoga Station

Trains in Tokyo are often delayed by a person jumping in front of a train. More than 30 thousand people commit suicide every year in Japan. The ratio of railroad suicide is not so high. It should be about 1%. But one suicide makes so many trains delay.

Some time in last year, it was reported that a blue lamp on the platform can reduce suicide. The desperate railroad companies were quick to adopt the idea. The picture shows blue lamps installed at the end of a platform in Tokyu Yoga station.

Perhaps we should remove the cause of the suicide. But what can a railroad company do other than installing blue lamps?

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Comments
  1. Note: Each and every miniscule cobalt feather that frames the jaw-dropping Hyacinth Macaw’s eyes is nothing less than divine mathematical perfection.

    The beak on this bird is the size of a fist. Macaws are gentle birds. However, one time a Hyacinth bit me and I will never forget it. I honestly thought for a moment, as I writhed around on the ground, that it had snapped my wrist in two. The bird belonged to a group of monks at a monastery near Sedona, AZ, a parrot rescue, and so the bird did not know me. It was my fault for putting my hand in the bird’s space.

    on edit: I think the bird in the picture resides in the Philadelphia Zoo.

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