2016-163 – Helmeted Guineafowl Mandala

Helmeted Guineafowl - photo by gouldingken
Helmeted Guineafowl – photo by gouldingken
Injasuthi, Drakensberg, KZN, South Africa

This week’s MotD theme: Dotty for Dots

It’s one thing to see dots on human-made items, but to see them nature-made, makes them much more fascinating. We all know about the obvious “dotted” animals (leopards, cheetah’s dalmations, etc) and I went searching for images of them first…because that’s all I knew. However during my search the “spotting” of this Helmeted Guineafowl came as a complete surprise to me. What an intriguing creature.

I offer these two close up images so that you see some of its more amazing and unique features. I love this guy’s head. Look at the shapes and those colors of the “paper mache-looking” helmet. And how about the white polka dots against its dark grey background. Quite the fashion statement!

The head of the Helmeted Guineafowl
The head of the Helmeted Guineafowl
The dots of the Helmeted Guineafowl
The dots of the Helmeted Guineafowl

Check out this delightful short story from Open Court Resources (free pre-K-6 resources created by teachers for teachers) explaining “How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots”

And view more wildlife photos by Wikipedia contributor, Goulingken, on his contributions page.

Inspiration for Today

Today MotD encourages us to go beyond our normal safe, comfortable knowledge base, to stretch ourselves, to push the envelope a bit, to learn something new about ourselves. We may be delightfully surprised!

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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