Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Why a Penguin?


The residents of Amsterdam's famous canals like to adorn their priceless homes with decorative plaques that communicate some personal message. Yesterday I noticed a magnificent, golden lion, which I guess means that someone thinks he's king of this particular jungle.

But what about this perky penguin? What's his special significance? Here's my spin: The loving couple, who live here, met at the penguin enclosure of the local zoo. Like penguins, who only eat the most expensive herrings, the lady of the house is notoriously high maintenance and only agreed to nest if it were at this palatial residence on the Prinsengracht...

Photo: Annie

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Susan said...

Penguins are curiously monogomous...but they only mate once a year!

Susan said...

Yes, that should have read monogamous

barry said...

i'm a penguin lover and defend them anyway i can. i love the story and pic - i've got things that identify me with penguins all around me.
however, the description of them as monogamous, is slightly wrong and was part of a strange political debate. when march of the penguins showed how they stick together under impossible antarctic conditions their monogamy was celebrated by conservative folk. when some had same sex relationships and a children's book was written about it, the book was attacked by the same folk. unwritten either place that they are monogamous for breeding purposes for one breeding season but not necessarily forever. all of it falls somewhere in what i talk about in my little blog thing: anthromorphism. http://littlebluenews.blogspot.com/
i enjoy the little boids myself but try not to read too much into my relationship with them.

Profoundly Superficial said...

Wow! What a feast of knowledge about penguins!

Thank you, both of you!!

Profoundly Superficial said...

Dank ook aan Anonymous voor de mooie site over gevelstenen!