Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, (Paradisaea raggiana) is the national bird of Papua New Guinea; in 1971 this species, was made the national emblem & included on the national flag. It is distributed widely in southern and northeastern New Guinea, where its name is kumul. It is also known as cenderawasih. As requested by Count Luigi Maria D'Albertis, the epithet raggiana commemorates the Marquis Francis Raggi of Genoa.
It's beautiful, mysterious, and scary all at once. I love the flow of light coming from within the swirl of wind and water. It's the kind of picture that draws me in. I wonder what the story was behind the image - who is she? what's happening? where is she going? Really great.