“Twelve on the Twelfth” is a photography challenge that invites us to take twelve photos on the twelfth of each month. I thought I’d try something a little different this month and go on a photo scavenger hunt, for the items in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
1. A partridge in a pear tree
3. French Hens
The zoo had partridges, turtles, and doves, but there were no chickens to be found, neither foreign nor domestic. I found this one at the side of the road. I’m pretty sure it’s French, as it’s wearing a bowtie and a chef’s hat.
4. Collie birds
I have always sung this line of the song as “Four calling birds,” but Wikipedia assures me that the canonical line is “Four collie birds.” Collie bird is apparently an old term for a blackbird. These are actually starlings, but as you can see, they are birds, and they are black.
5. Golden rings
6. Geese a-Layin’
This is a goose. As you can see, it’s not laying right now. Eventually, it’ll tucker out and lay down for a nap. Oh, wait, you want one that lays eggs? Well, it will probably do that sooner or later, too. Unless it’s a boy.
7. Swans a-Swimmin’
8. Maids a-Milkin’
9. Ladies Dancing
10. Lords a-Leapin’
11. Drummers Drumming
12. Pipers Piping
Do you want to know what’s unfair? There are just as many pipers in the song as there are partridges, but the pipers only get one mention, whereas the partridges get mentioned twelve times. Those pipers need to get a better agent.
So there you have it. Most of the items from “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” If I were the recipient, I’d keep my receipt!