The Chicken or the Bark?
The other day I was sitting outside with a friend, having morning coffee at a lovely place in Cape Town, when these smart chickens appeared and approached our table.
I’ve never seen this type of colouring before on a hen and thought it quite striking. The pattern also matched the tree they were scratching around.
So what am I talking about? What came first, the chicken or the bark?
In real life the bark from the tree and the pattern on the chickens looked very similar. (We humans are really good at spotting patterns after all.)
However, in practice, when I put photos of each side by side, the similarity wasn’t so good. This was partly because the stripes on the tree are large and far apart compared to the closer ones on the chickens. Adjusting the photos to match took ages, but I still didn’t achieve the effect I was looking for. (see the post script)
Chicken or Bark?
So, I was going to say: Take a look at these two photos. Can you tell which one is the chicken and which is the bark of the tree?
But since it is obvious which is which, I’ll just leave it there!
post script: Thank you to DD who noticed this similarity in the first place. Sometimes I have an idea for a post, which takes a lot more time and effort to achieve than I anticipated. For example, it was quite simple to edit my first two chicken photos for inserting in this post, but oh my goodness, it took me hours to edit the tree and chicken close ups for comparison. Firstly, I had to zoom in and try to find patterns on both subjects which roughly matched. On one shot I had to sharpen the image; on the other blur it. I had to make them both greyscale, because the colours were slightly different.
Finally, I wanted to put the two photos side by side in the same frame, but had no idea how to do this in PowerPaint, the photo-editor I use. But, I figured it out! This is another positive aspect of blogging; I learn many new computer skills.
Though I’m not happy with the final result, there comes a point when I have to stop. I have other things to do after all and spending any longer on this post will not make it any more popular. In fact, due to the nature of the subject, I don’t have high expectations at all.
Still, blogging for me is all about having fun. Hopefully you do too as you read along.