Feather fascination

The end of the  storm clean-up is in sight. Trunks and large limbs have been cut into shorts and stacked to be split for firewood; a chipper will turn the remaining material into mulch. As I gathered branches and twigs into piles I came across this feather from our Partridge Rock rooster. I have a fascination of feathers on all scales. As part of the wing they play a critical role in forming the air foil which provides lift. The early evolution of feathered wings is thought to have been influenced by the need to keep warm. And, of course, feathers play important roles in mating displays and in camouflage.  At the scale of this image the regularity and symmetry of feather construction has always had its appeal.

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