Grand Opera House, Xian China, IMG_3026

Back to my trip pictures from China.

Before leaving Xian, we attended a spectacular presentation by the famous Tang Dynasty Troupe, in their kind of folk dance which was very popular at the imperial court in the Tang Dynasty in Ancient China.  The splendid collective dance, magnificent spectacle and colorful show reveals the unprecedented grandeur and glory of the Tang Dynasty, the essence of oriental dance and music culture.

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Wild Turkey, MG-9441

Most common in the Florida peninsula, they number from 80,000 to 100,000 birds. This bird is named for the famous Seminole leader Osceola, and was first described in 1890. It is smaller and darker than the eastern wild turkey. The wing feathers are very dark with smaller amounts of the white barring seen on other subspecies. Their overall body feathers are an irridescent green-purple color. They are often found in scrub patches of palmetto and occasionally near swamps, where amphibian prey is abundant. Osceola turkeys are the smallest subspecies weighing 16 to 18 pounds.

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When threatened, male turkeys make use of the spurs on their back of the legs as a weapon. as seen in the picture below.  Those spurs can reach up and beyond 2 inches in length.  A distinguishing feature of both domesticated and wild turkeys is the black fibrous hairs that hang down from the chest away from the body plumage. The beard of a turkey is a curious oddity. Actually, it is not a beard or hair at all. It is a modified feather that forms kind of a stiff bristle.  One learns new stuffs every day.  I always thought these were real tick hair.  Go figure…

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Wild Turkey, MG_9432

Another species found in Ocala National Forest, Florida.

The wild turkey is an upland ground bird native to North America and is the heaviest member of the diverse Galliformes. It is the same species as the domestic turkey, which was originally derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of wild turkey. Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name from the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain. The British at the time therefore associated the wild turkey with the country Turkey and the name prevails.

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Two is company…

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But three is a charm.

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