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Lauren Helton ([personal profile] dino_a_day) wrote2014-07-05 08:06 pm
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Rufous Hummingbird - Columbines - 44



My grandmother's 93rd birthday is coming up next week and I told her I would do some art as a gift. Little old ladies, my grandmother included, typically prefer extant dinosaurs to extinct ones, and she's a fan of hummingbirds, which she has lately been trying to attract to her yard. Rufous Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus) are a common sight here in the Pacific Northwest, and while they're drawn to a wide range of flowers, western red columbines (Aquilegia formosa) are one of their favorites.

And I think this bit of art stands as an interesting contrast to the rest of the dinosaurs, too - just look at how highly modified they've become over the last several million years! From one line of small theropods came an extremely wide diversity of modern birds with an astounding variety of shapes, sizes, and special adaptations for filling almost every niche on the planet.

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