May 2, 2008

Peacock Feathers

This picture was taken at the Ft. Wayne Children's Zoo.  Did you know peacocks have no pigment in their feathers?  The beautiful shiny eye images are created by tiny, colorless micro hairs in a lattice design.  These peacock feather hairs are hundreds of times smaller than human hair and are so small they reflect different wavelengths of light in different directions to create the eye pattern.

If we were to encounter marvelous patterns made out of colored stones as we walked beside the edge of a river, and if we also saw that there were eye-like designs arranged like a fan, then we would think that these had been laid out in a conscious manner, and not that they had appeared by chance. It would be evident that these patterns, reflecting an artistic perspective and addressing human aesthetic tastes, had been made by an artist. The same thing applies to peacock feathers. In the same way that pictures and designs reveal the existence of the artists who produced them, the patterns in the peacock feather reveal the existence of the Creator Who made them.

 And that long held belief that the peacock's plume evolved to attract the peahen?  It turns out to be false.  So what purpose have they but beauty?

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