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DP Challenge – Unconventional Love

“Love is of all passions the strongest,  for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” 

Lao Tzu


Today’s DP Challenge is “Unconventional Love”.  I chose this ostrich photo from our African safari for several reasons.  First, this couple obviously shares a very close (pun intended) relationship – so much so that they actually seem to be a two-headed creature if you look quickly.  Second and more importantly, ostriches really do have an unconventional lifestyle in the avian world.  They mate for life, and share responsibility for their offspring.  The female incubates the eggs during the daytime while the male manages them during the night.  Often they share communal responsibility with one large nest (actually a hole in the ground) for all of the eggs in a large group of ostriches.  Once the eggs have hatched, it is typically the male ostrich who cares for them until they are self-sufficient.  Hmmm…..perhaps I should have saved this post for Father’s Day 🙂

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50 thoughts on “DP Challenge – Unconventional Love Leave a comment

    • I will admit I am not an ostrich expert, and I don’t see what apparently you do, but I do think the larger is a male and the smaller a female. Could be wrong tho!

  1. A beautiful post. A powerful message for us humans to learn ~ “They mate for life, and share responsibility for their offspring”!
    Thank you 🙂

    • Thanks Dilip, yes they are really interesting creatures aren’t they. There are many things we humans could learn from our friends in the animal kingdom aren’t there?

  2. What a beautiful and heart warming photo! I really love the story and you just gave me an idea for a theme for a future blog post. 🙂 It’s amazing how wonderful ostriches are, really. 🙂

    • Excellent point Charlie. Many bloggers have posted that no love should be considered “unconventional” because all love is good. I kind of like that approach too!

  3. This could also be used for those inspirational office posters labelled “TEAMWORK” because, humans would need to have their feet tied to run in unison like that. It’s like they’re also sharing brains… Über great take on the prompt my friend! (Can you tell I had Swedish meatballs for sup last night? Über cool.)

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