Pelicans are peculiar creatures, typically famous for that big pouch under their beak.
They are rather social seabirds who usually travel in flocks and gather in islands.
They usually fish by swimming in cooperative groups, using their pouch like a big spoon to catch whatever they can find in the water.
Contrary to what many believe, pelicans do not store fish in their pouch but rather use it to catch fish and water, then tip the pouch back to drain the water out, and in the end swallow the fish.
I was lucky enough to witness the moments in which they hunt for food. They are so graceful in flight, moving their wings in slow powerful strokes, and it's like they already know in advance where to find fish. They are quite fast at full speed, flying just above the water surface, and even a speed boat may find it difficult to keep up with them.
After hunting, they usually look for a place where to rest for a while and possibly enjoy a bit of sun. If they are not at the beach, that place is typically the top of a high tropical tree. That's the moment I captured with my photocamera.
I really like puzzles with lots of vibrant green pieces, I like to see the nature shining. And, in addition, I really liked the contrast between the parts of the tree lit by the midday sun and the ones in the shadow, two faces of the same precious medal.
The puzzle turned out to be a very difficult one, and I can only imagine how challenging it would have been, had I ordered a 2000 pieces puzzle rather than this one.
It didn't take me a long time to realise that the beginning would have been the most critical part of this puzzle. Breaking the ice, finding some order and organising the first steps turned out to be my biggest concern. Usually the most difficult part of a puzzle is the last one (the pieces that you save for last) but not this time.
As it turned out, differentiated collection played a vital role here. I sorted pieces by colour, and decided to start from the white and brown ones (the bodies of the pelicans). From there, I slowly put together the light green pieces crossing the puzzle from the bottom right corner to the top left (the vegetation hit by the sun).
After that, it was the turn of the dark green pieces (the vegetation in the shadow).
As I expected, the puzzle turned out a little bit darker than the original picture, so the last parts that I completed consisted in lots of black or almost black pieces. As a consequence, I had to sort pieces again, but this time by shape rather than by colour.
That considerably helped me get to the end.
This puzzle tested my patience multiple times, more than some of those 2000 pieces puzzles I did in the past. Every piece that I connected was a success, a moment to celebrate with some special music or a couple of screams or a piece of cake.
This personalised puzzle brought me lots of fun, few moments of desperation and, for quite a long time, also a bit of tropical sun to my life.
DIMENSIONS 79,8x59,8 cm
I have to report that I encountered few quality issues with this personalised puzzle, and to be honest they ruined my experience a little bit.
As soon as I opened the box, I noticed that there was more dust than usual for a Ravensburger puzzle.
In addition, several pieces came with some white scratches on their edges, visible even from a certain distance. I have never experienced something like that before in my life. Below you can find a couple of examples of those white scratches (and you can clearly see the amount of dust on the pieces as well).
Over the years I kind of got spoiled by the high quality of the Ravensburger puzzles, so I truly hope this was an exception, perhaps just a one time production issue.