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Saturday, June 3, 2017
Love Story in Nature
I love writing romance stories and I love studying nature and biology. Every once in a while it seems like the two come together. Here's an example of how!
This is how the male Vogelkop Bowerbird attracts a female.
Pretty cool, right? :)
In this case, this Vogelkop Bowerbird inspires some thoughts on the definition of "bower" that moves neatly into some historical uses and brings to mind a couple of medieval era connotations.
Bower - can be 1) a lady's private apartment in a medieval hall or castle or 2) an arbor, a shady garden retreat, often with vines and climbing plants such as roses. (See: Come to the Bower - The Medieval Garden Enclosed, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
No matter from which perspective the word is used, I love how the bower is a place where a suitor hopes to tempt his lady with every comfort.