The Year of the Rooster

January 30, 2017  •  5 Comments

The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (春節 in traditional Chinese characters) began on Saturday, 28 January, and will last for fifteen days.  2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, and millions of people around the globe are celebrating.  According to the website "Your Chinese Astrologer", people born under this sign are beautiful, kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, and honest, among other things.

In accordance with a week that has, shall we say, been very disturbing around the world, I thought some levity might be in order.  And since it is The Year of the Fire Rooster, what better way to blog than with rooster images, featuring both constructed and live images.

First, the setups.  What would make a hand-made rooster look as if it is in a native environment or a cage?  A little feed (popcorn), some wire for coop atmosphere, and an herb or two? Natural light coming from three different directions, courtesy of a greenhouse, provides a variety of options, just as the big lightrooms did in the early days of film.  That will do.


hand-blown in Seattle...

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carved and painted in Oaxaca...

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shaped and painted in Portugal....

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metal worked and painted in Seattle...

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...and this wooden rooster from southeast Asia

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Last but not least, Big Daddy III - the real thing - at Casa Gallina, An Artisan Inn,  Taos

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Two lovely girls in Beijing will surely tell me one way or another if this is correct but I wanted to wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai or Happy New Year in Mandarin.

until next Monday,


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Sara Woodburn(non-registered)
You made me smile also, that's a good thing. I'm wondering with all these roosters around if you were born in one of these years? I especially like the Oaxacan fellow with snow!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Dong Xi Fa Cai to you and yours, Daryl. Are these from your collection of rare birds? I can't touch Connie's punsmanship so thanks for the colorful lesson and sterling pics.
Aren't these photos fun! Gong Xi Fa Cai
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
Daryl, nice job on storytelling and photography. Certainly made me smile! Happy New Year to you and Fred in English and other languages that I can't speak...
If ever a Time existed when the chickens have come home to roost, it is now. Fabulous chicken conscripts in your army of humor, winning the war over bleak....with beaks. See how silly is infectious. Thanks.
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