by Naomi on June 25, 2010

in Inspiration, Wildlife, Writing

Uniqueness contributes colour.

LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

Its celebration brightens the world.

Quotes to consider:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

“It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else.” – Henri Matisse

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Neil Richards June 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm


We did a safari in South Africa few years back and of course were delighted to see the well-known wildlife. But one of the stand-out memories for me was of the lilac-breasted rollers – they were such a colourful and unique surprise and they will remind me of my South African safari as much as any elephant or rhino would



Naomi June 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Thanks for commenting, Neil, and how true! It’s great to have a look at your fabulous sites and see what you’re doing to help the Orangutans. Although I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting these enchanting apes, I can imagine how easily they could steal your heart 🙂


Beverly Everson June 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

This has to be one of the most beautiful birds in the world!!! Lovely photograph of it as well! Great quotes!


Naomi June 25, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Thanks so much, Beverly 🙂 Your site is stunning! I’ve added a link here, if that’s okay. Your raccoon pics took me straight back to Stanley Park in Vancouver, which is the only place we’ve seen them. The shots of the pelicans taking off and landing are also an absolute treat! They remind me of the one that we saw at SANCCOB in Cape Town a while ago, which had burned holes in the webbing of its feet, so was being rehabilitated. What exceptional birds they are!


souldipper June 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Naoms – how did a pelican have the webbing of its feet burned? Wow…we have grey pelicans here. We are very protective of their nesting trees. The look like old granddaddys even when they are young.

Also, another question. Since most creatures are colored to fit into their habitat, how does this describe the surroundings of the Lilac Breasted Roller?

In love with Nature – even after all these years… Amy


Naomi June 26, 2010 at 11:27 am

In love with nature too & thanks for the conversation, Amy. It’s always wonderful to talk (or write) about it 🙂

Apparently the pelican had landed on a smouldering rubbish dump. It didn’t seem too bothered, though, and was waddling around and then swimming (not as efficiently as usual) in the little pool provided. They’re such appealing, characterful birds, I can imagine why you’d be protective of yours.

Good question about the colourful birds! I’m sure Sandy would appreciate it if you post it to the HOA fan page & perhaps Marc, Claire or Greg can help. In the meantime, not having a good enough answer, I found this one:


Relative to the Lilac-breasted Roller, I think this line sums it up: “The increased risk of predation associated with showy plumages (natural selection) . . . is rarely strong enough to offset the sexual selection.”

Got their priorities in order, then 🙂


souldipper June 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm

That was an all together FABULOUS answer! Thanks for a hearty laugh! – Amy


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