This is in my occasional series of Egg Photographs (if the eggs are lucky, they're turned into digital negatives and thence, appropriately, into albumen prints). These were elegant eggs; Araucana eggs; eggs from birds that may go back to pre-contact hens (originating in Chile) - which would make them the only eggs from chickens originating in the Americas. But. These eggs are a delicate, extraordinary, pale blue. This is the result of a DNA retrovirus that occurred sometime early in domestication. It's really hard to capture this blue, it turns out ... and I can't go back and rephotograph these eggs: I cooked with them.