Lily’s New Camera ~ by Emma Foster
“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:8 KJV)
In a large zoo in the center of a city, a Galah the zookeepers affectionately called Lily lived contentedly in the parrot/cockatoo exhibit. Lily was very glad to be living in such a nice zoo. One of her favorite activities was meeting all of the people who would pass by the parrot exhibit every day. The crowds that came to the exhibit always noticed Lily because of her bright pink feathers.
One day a man with a large camera stopped by the exhibit to take some pictures of the tropical birds for a magazine. Curious to see what he was holding, Lily flew off the tree branch she was sitting on and landed directly on top of the camera without any fear at all. The man holding the camera and the people beginning to surround him laughed as Lily pecked at the buttons in curiosity. All of a sudden Lily pressed a large button near the top of the camera and took a picture.
The man holding the camera was surprised at how well the picture turned out and he decided to set the camera down carefully to see what Lily would do next. Lily, however, had no idea what happened when she pressed the button, but she found great enjoyment in pressing it.
Next, the man picked the camera back up and moved it back and forth as Lily kept pressing the same button to take pictures. Eventually, Lily had created an entire series of photographs that the man and the crowd thought were actually quite good.
Impressed by Lily’s talent, the man decided to take the pictures to the head zookeeper. The man, who called himself Steve Watts, explained that he was a photographer for a local magazine and told the zookeeper that Lily had taken the pictures rather than himself. The zookeeper was happy to hear that Steve was going to put the pictures in the next edition of the magazine. Lily was exited too, even though she had no idea what a magazine was.
A few days later, a crowd even larger than normal gathered around the parrot exhibit to see Lily. Lily was surprised at the amount of people, especially when all of the people clustered around her as the zookeeper brought her out of the exhibit on his arm.
Most of the people in the crowd were holding up the magazines that they had bought which contained some of the pictures Lily had taken, including one she had taken when she had placed her face in front of the lens. Lily was happy to know that everyone loved her pictures, and looked forward to being able to take more. Fortunately Steve came to the zoo often. He eventually gave some of Lily’s pictures to a local art gallery, which brought increased business to the zoo. People enjoyed coming to the zoo to see Lily. From then on, the parrot exhibit was the busiest section of the zoo. Lily loved the crowds of people, and became one of the most contented bird in the entire zoo.
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11 KJV)
And now you have the birds view of Dan’s Galah encounter. Or, at least, this is Emma’s Version of the incident. Emma, we love it. Thanks you so much for keeping us entertained with your constantly improving tales of birds from their Creator. [Her parents, I, and others have been encouraging her to write about this event.]
I’d like to thank all of you that commented on Emma’s latest great bird tale. She has read the comments and thanks you for them.
Like the rest of you, I am anxiously awaiting the next enjoyable adventure she will share with us.
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We had been waiting for another one of Emma’s stories – and what a story did she write! Thank you Emma! What a smart bird Lily is and oh so beautiful – all pink and sweet. Steve (Dan) better watch out or she’ll
be taking over the photography. Keep up the good work and don’t wait so long next time to bring us a story.
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So true, Sherry — thanks for the entertaining tale, Emma. “Lily” the Galah and Dan Dusing had a remarkable meeting that day. Makes me wonder what it will be like to meet and play with formerly “wild” animals during the Millennial Kingdom of Christ, after He returns to Earth and sets up His kingdom to be enjoyed by all, including parrots and other birds!
A terrific story, Emma. And “Lily” has always been my favorite bird of all the thousands Lee and Dan have shown us. I had never seen a pink bird until I saw this picture — about the third time I ever visited Lee’s blog. I’ve loved the bird — and the blog — ever since. As a creative writing teacher, I can tell you that you have a real gift for writing stories, so keep up the great work.
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In Australia we have a saying “You silly Galah!” when some one acts stupidly. This was because they would sometimes gorge themselves with so much seed which had fallen from the off the grain trucks, that they could not take off, and often got killed on the road side, but in this case the call is “You clever Galah!”.
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