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Blue Moment by Eurwentala Blue Moment by Eurwentala
Leaellynasaura amicagraphica, the small polar dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Australia. At the time, the area was well within the Antarctic Circle.

Leaellynasaura was a small and gracile herbivore with a ridiculously long tail. Despite looking inpractical at best, the tail could have been quite a multi-purpose tool. It has been suggested to act as a scarf when the animal was resting in cold weather. I suspect it might have also been a sort of a signal post when kept unpright like this, keeping the group together. And if there was a dark marking somewhere around the tip of the tail, maybe it could have fooled predators to attack the tail instead of more vulnerable parts, allowing the animal to escape.

I don't know if there's a phrase for it in English, but in Finnish "blue moment" is the time a bit after sunset in winter, when everything turns blue. It only works in snowy conditions and in certain sort of weather, though.
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cotton-pop Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it wrong that I want one lol amazing art!
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
But did it really live in snow? The mezosoic was a very warm period.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
It was generally warmer than today, but not quite as warm as people usually think. :) And the very earliest Cretaceous was, I think, the coolest period of Mesozoic. There is evidence of snowfalls and sea ice, even some glaciers.

So while the temperatures weren't what we would call polar, there probably was snow at least once in a while in Early Cretaceous Southern Australia.
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NektannNeightyFour Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I see.
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Blue moment"...how neat. I don't think we have a term for it, but it sure is lovely. :)

Love this rendition of Leaellynasaura. Very birdlike, but kinda squirrelly too. :D
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sagittariussigner Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Great drawing !
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electreel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
That's a new term for me :D Gorgeous illustration!
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!  This "blue moment" looks so pretty!  And the Leaellynasaura is absolutely adorable!  Fantastic drawing! 
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
The idea of a dinosaur living in such extreme weather is one of the reasons why "Spirits of the Ice Forest" remains my favorite Walking with Dinosaurs episode.

Also, looking at this picture and reading the description, this came in my mind:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dc74O…
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pilsator Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely adorable.
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bubblekirby Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Gorgeous!
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Nice convergence with :iconkazanlak10:'s rendition (and possibly others too)!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Yeah, I think this is the most obvious way to reconstruct Leaellynasaura, so it's not much of a surprise multiple people have done it. :)
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just stunning. I wish we had a more eloquent phrase than "blue moment," but as a Colorado resident I know exactly what you're referring to. 
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How about, "The refracting hour" :)
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh, that sounds about perfect. 
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
The best thing is, now nobody will complain about the feathers.
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Exactly. :)
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
No kidding!
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MagicBirdie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, nice :D
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