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Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am. - Voltaire
Houston Llew Spiritiles
While the elegant Bird of Paradise might not technically possess plumage, it is admired for its beautiful, vibrant colors, especially by the ubiquitous Snow Bird. At the first frost Snow Birds pack up and head south to enjoy life under sunnier skies
& just as readily migrate back when the Gulf water hits hot tub temps. The joy of the Voltaire quote adorning this tile is it’s duality of meaning: the chasing of a literal paradise, & the metaphorical recognition that paradise is a state of mind,
of being. Each person’s paradise is different, but sometimes the metaphor & reality meet. Just as Birds of Paradise rely on pollination by Sunbirds in order to survive, to thrive, so too do the paradise towns the Snow Birds call home for the winter.