Just across the street from my house, in a small plant island in the sidewalk grow a few Bird of Paradise plants. I must have walked by them hundreds of times, but since tropical plants are not my favorite flowers and orange is not my color of choice, I never gave them a closer look.
... until a few days ago, when I coming back from an evening walk with the dog (the unexpected benefits of having a dog ...), the setting sun highlighted the flower and for the first time, I really saw it.
...and ran to grab the camera.
A bird indeed. With fiery feathers and a pointed blue tongue.
What a lovely picture of paradise it conveys. Everybody radiates light. ( hopefully not everybody has pointed blue tongues :) )