I visited Mary's Corner of the World and read some of her posts. A few pics of flamingos in Las Vegas got my attention.
I remembered a story I heard as a child, a popular belief preserved by Abraham Valdelomar in his story, published in 1917, about San Martín's Dream.
Who's that guy and what did he dream about?
José de San Martín was, along with Simón Bolívar and other patriots, the liberator of Peru and other South American countries from Spain. He declared Peru's independance on July 28th, 1821 holding a flag he created (1820) for the new born nation.
This first flag had two diagonal lines joining opposite corners, dividing the flag into four fields. The top and bottom ones were white, the other two were red. There was an oval-shaped laurel crown at the center, inside of which there was the sun rising behind mountains by the sea.
Although the exact origin of the flag is not certain, the literary tradition wrote by Valdelomar, tells that San Martín, having arrived to the coast of southern Pisco, sat down in the shade of a palm tree to rest. He had a dream about the nation that needed a new flag, when he opened his eyes, the first sight was a group of parihuanas (red and white flamingos) flying over him. He thought that was a sign and inspired by their colours created the first flag for free Peru.
Some historians of the early Peruvian Republic, such as Leguía y Martínez and Pareja Paz Soldán, give a different explanation saying that San Martín took the red from the flag of Chile and the white from the flag of Argentina, in recognition of the origin of the men in the liberating army.I'd rather stick to the dream version ;) ... It's cool to think that our first flag was inspired by a bird and that even though it changed over time, the colours remain.
Peru's current flag