Monday, July 13, 2009

A Peacock Coloring Page

peacock coloring page

If I were to be told that the peacock was an exotic bird, nothing would have been further from the truth in my mind. The peacock was more a part of my childhood than ducks at a pond or anything else. This is due to the uncommon locality of a significant number of peafoul near my home growing up in Glendale, Arizona.

As a young man growing up just down the street from Sahuaro Ranch Park, one of the unique features of the park was the historic area. It featured groves of citrus trees of all varieties, historic farm machinery from the turn of the century, old historic ranch buildings, a beautiful rose garden, and peacocks. Apparently as the history goes, the peacocks were imported to Arizona from back east when the ranch was established over a century ago.

At night from my home, approximately 3 blocks away from the historic district, the distant cries of peacocks sounded like a cat's meow. The peacocks could be found both on top of the ranch houses and wandering around in between the houses and throughout the surrounding orchard.

There were summer days when I would go to the park to collect peacock feathers (though I later learned that to do so was illegal). We would go to the park in search of the feathers that had fallen from the birds lying on the orchard floors. We would some times chase the peacocks so that they would throw upon their feathers. I honestly don't remember if it worked or not.

A somewhat well known fact, it is the male peacock that is arrayed in the beautiful incandescent colors of blues, greens, yellows, and browns. The female peahens have very muted tones of light browns and grays. I've memories of seeing peahens running around in the orchards with their little chicks following close behind.

It's been over ten years since I've been there. It seems that if my memory serves me right, the peacocks in more recent years have been removed from Sahuaro Ranch Park. I am however grateful for this unique experience growing up in the deserts of Arizona.


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