I was going to write about art, but changed my mind after my eyes landed on the blue jay feather I found in the yard last Saturday and I read this on wikipedia:
In old African American folklore of the southern United States, the Blue Jay was held to be a servant of the Devil, and was not encountered on a Friday as he was fetching sticks down to Hell; furthermore, he was so happy and chirpy on a Saturday as he was relieved to return from Hell.
Well, folklore tales notwithstanding, the Blue Jay will be encountered this Friday...on my blog! I am grateful for blue jays.
Sometimes I get caught up in admiring the spectacularly plumed birds of southern climates, and forget about the wonderful birds surrounding me. I am especially fond of the delicate, intricately patterned beauty of the blue jay. I know blue jays can have harsh calls and a reputation as a bit of a bully, but...they really are a gorgeous and fascinating bird. And, I believe, one of the more intelligent birds. My mom has blue jays around the bird feeder just outside her kitchen window and I love being able to watch them from just a few feet away. Their colouring is so stunning, the sight of them lifts my spirits!
I found this photo online:
As always, each Friday I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog and check out the other Gratitude Friday Club blogs...