Thursday, June 16, 2011

Birds of Paradise

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A rare bird of paradise flower in Jerusalem.
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A bird-of-paradise bird, literally!
The sculpture's Hebrew name is Tsipor Gan Eden, meaning "bird of the Garden of Eden."
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Sculptor Judith Shacher quotes Genesis 1:
And God said, ". . . Let the birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens."
So God created . . . every winged bird according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply . . . and let birds multiply on the earth."
And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
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11 comments:

Robin said...

I love birds of paradise, they're just so preposterous looking, like a peacock would be if it were a flower :).

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Rob and Mandy said...

Think they're called Portuguese warships here, and Spanish galleons in Portugal. Plenty of them around!

Eki said...

Aah ... I didn't know the name of the flower was bird of paradise in English. We have some varieties here. The colors are really catching and add a lively touch to gardens.

Thanks for your kind words, Dina.

Shalom.

Cloudia said...

Nice to see my local flower enjoying Jerusalem, and to learn it's other name :)



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Pietro said...

Fantastic! In Italian: uccello del paradiso, very simple.

Yaelian said...

Birds of Paradise are such beautiful flowers;saw my first one in the Canary Islands years ago and brought one with me to Finland,like all the other Finnish tourists;D And that statue looks great too!

VP said...

1-0 for Nature vs Sculpture...

JM said...

Very clever this strelitzia/sculpture thing, Dina.

I read Rob and Mandy's comment and have to confess I never heard it before... :-) 'EstrelĂ­cia' is the common name I know and they are everywhere.

RuneE said...

That is one of my favourite flowers - but we don't have it :-(
The only one I have ever seen was in Spain. Thank you for showing me one more!

Spiderdama said...

That`s a really nice flower, but it does not grow here at my place.

Kay said...

Now that is a beautiful bird! My parents used to have a whole lot of Bird of Paradise bushes at our house when I was growing up. I don't see them as much in people's yards now.