Sunday, September 12, 2010


09.12.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Watching and photographing this egret at the Garden of Hope and Courage today was revealing - they really have to work hard to get just a nibble of nutrition! I took a number of shots, but really like this one for the stalk behind its beak - it looks like a brown version of the egret beak, head and neck. Mimicry can be a useful decoy when feeding.

The art of mimicking or imitative behavior is also a useful tool for learning. It is extremely obvious in early learning, but it is also evident in secondary and postsecondary education. Teachers model expectations and examples even if creativity is emphasized. As much as we desire individualism and unique innovation, we start with a similarity and simulations. Perhaps we need to take better advantage of what mimicry can offer in learning. Garden of Hope & Courage, Naples, FL


  1. Excellent detail of the egret's head and eyes! Well done!

  2. This is so lovely. The colors and shapes and basic subject matter are all so intriguing. Also, your thoughts reminded me of thoughts I hear often from my sister. She works for the biomimicry institute...have you heard of them??