filling the sky, falling ... ... at dusk, when they gathered from the north, they were all blackbirds ...Stanley Plumly, Against StarlingsBlack birds with feather structures that selectively reflect light and - when those structures are ordered and stacked just so and the reflected light is thus amplified - bejewelled birds, emerald and purple, turquoise, aquamarine and bronze.
... with stars in their black feathersthey spring from the telephone wireand instantly they are acrobatsin the freezing wind ...Mary Oliver, Starlings in WinterA mature starling's plumage changes colour with the seasons. In a breeding pair he will be the glossier, with a blue blush at the base of his yellow beak where hers blushes pink**. In winter they will both be duller, a tad browner, with darker beaks and more obviously knit stitched with white, she more than he. But always, always, they are black against the sky.
...this wheel of many parts, that can rise and spinover and over againfull of gorgeous life ...Mary Oliver, Starlings in WinterIn the north east of England starlings are sometimes 'gippies' or 'gyps', words long associated with all things black. And in Wales the bird's ancient status as a winter only visitor is recorded in one of its Welsh language names, aderyn du yr eira, black bird of the snow***.
BlackI saw them cover the sky ...Stanley Plumly, Against Starlings
Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below ... Sandra at Cherry Heart       Gillian at Tales from a Happy House CJ at Above the River       Jennifer at Thistlebear      What is The Colour Collaborative?All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.