In 2009 whilst living in Chile South America, Ana took me to a small arts and crafts village on the outskirts of the capital Santiago.The village was laid out with shops and stalls on both sides of a lovely walkway. The works that were on display were unbelievable and so unique it was amazing, one shop specialized in wood working, here the craftsmen carved figureheads for large ocean going yachts, some were carving massive crucifixes and biblical icons for churches, these were over eight feet tall. Then to the other extreme was the shop I have previously posted on, here the craftsmen carved beautiful statues out of a single matchstick, they meticulously carved away with such intrinsic grace and beauty to create a miniture Eiffel Tower or the Virgin Mary and every conceivable building or monument you can imagine.The one I previously posted on was a statue of a cowboy with a lasso, even down to a gun and a holster. I repost the picture for my latest friends on WordPress.
In amongst this arts and crafts village I came across a large enclosure for birds, more like an aviary but spacious and well maintained.The aviary was home to many and varied species of birdlife that are indigenous to Chile South America, I couldn;t take my eyes of one of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen, the Macaw,now the only time I have ever seen a Macaw has been in movies, the old pirate movies where the bad pirate always has one perched on his shoulder, I think there was one in the story of Robinson Crusoe, written by Robert Louis Stevenson,as an aside, the island where Stevenson wrote Robinson Crusoe lies off the shores of Chile and is know as Juan Fernandez island, but to Crusoe buffs we know it as Treasure island. Anyway back to my Macaw story, It was a fascinating bird, It has a very vivid blue green headcrest, deep vibrant yellow breast and beautiful blue back feathers. Around its eyes are deep black lines that are as distinct as fingerprints on humans. A fabulous bird that research tells me is native to Mexico,Central America,South America and the Carribean. I think the exotic Carribean country is where the fantasys of the pirates originated from with their penchant for gold and the exotic flora, in this case the exotic flamboyant Macaw.
I was tempted to try and bring the bird home with me to Australia except for two reasons, one being customs and quarantine probably wouldn;t allow it and secondly, I dont believe in birds being caged,also the fact being the bird is not suitable or could adapt to our climate. So the bird remains in his home country where he shares his beauty for those that appreciate the splendours of one of Gods gifts to mankind, the beautiful Macaw.