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Blog posts tagged in subject: birds

Free

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Free

fly
be free
free
of the earth

A photograph of a sea gull taking wing.

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Ducks in a Row

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Ducks in a Row

beyond the dunes the waters swirl
the brants invite a lazy curl
the river twists in tandem turns
and meets the sea in measured churns

It is interesting to note that the flock seemed to turn in unison at the sound of footsteps.

A photograph of Atlantic Brants swimming. The composition is better than the photograph.

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In Memory, We Soon Forget

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In Memory, We Soon Forget

[ Possible Epilogue for Allegro (looking at a sunset) ]

In memory, we soon forget
the details lost to soft vignette:
these shadows that stand in the way,
of gilded world our hearts portray.

From edges rounded by the years,
in memory, we soon forget:
coerced by time to soft abet,
amassed in joy, and stripped of tears.

Love will not wait in plank or line,
so, do not harbor stone regret.
In memory, we soon forget:
rebounding seas in fall and climb.

Relieve the wound to fading scar,
mend the deck with pitch and tar,
accede the field to lone cornet:
in memory, we soon forget.

Back to Adagio's Tale.

A photograph of a river inlet. An alternative color lookup table (CLUT) gives the almost unreal blue to the water.

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Rippled Sand

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Rippled Sand

the slow fist of time
bangs a beat
on earth and sky

The clock says: onward march.

A photograph with lightness sharpening (Lab) of a beach near low tide, the tidal pools are rippled.

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Birds On The Beach at Sunrise: Blurring and Sharpening

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Birds On The Beach at Sunrise: Blurring and Sharpening

the birds wade as water pushes inland
it gathers mass and then exhales
back into the breaking surf

You never walk the same beach twice.

A side-by-side examination of selective blurring and sharpening of the lightness channel (LAB) in an iPad image.

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Birds of a Feather

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Birds of a Feather

well maybe you don't know, or maybe you don't care
about the things you do, these things that just ain't fair
you should have made your peace, you should've paid your dues
cause crazy ain't a kind of thing: a thing I want from you

Surrealism born of imperfect light collection.

It looks like a European Starling wintering in North America. A lyric for a Country song that came out of my morning poetry incubator exercise. I often pick a topic, and write a quick lyric for a song: good, bad or ugly. I find it good practice.

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Getting Your Foot Wet

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Getting Your Foot Wet

somewhere between
a solid and a liquid
hangs suspension

What is it to walk thru a changing landscape?

A sandpiper on a beach, one foot in the water.

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Bird on the Beach

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Bird on the Beach

bird on the beach
where the ocean meets sky
and the water meets land

The poem is not quite the spirit of haiku, as there is a juxtaposition of two images, but only a tenuous strapping to tie them together. It might be realigned to an approximate haiku by the following quasi-transitive construct:

ocean meets sky
water meets land
bird on beach

A photograph of a gull on a beach. I am tired of half plowed roads, and potholes.

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The Bird on a Wire

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The Bird on a Wire

don't pull up the blinds
just let down your hair
sunset in the afternoon
the bird on the wire

A photograph of a mourning dove on power lines as the sun sets. A tenuous near rhyme selected from a multitude of close rhymes. For amusement, see: http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/70180/ for a discussion of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on the Wire." If you read the comments, you might find the same amazement I found... was Cohen really thinking about all those issues, or was he simply cramming some lyrics and rhymes into a meter, and trying to put food on the table? I restate my case, meaning is quite often (more often than not?) about the reader, not the author. In this sense, what author meant, assuming he "meant" something, is subordinate to what the audience understands.

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Seagull, Beach, Ocean, Sky

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Seagull, Beach, Ocean, Sky

seagull
beach
ocean
sky

My knee jerk reaction is to center the gull in the frame. For the most part, I've learned that I prefer to frame the subject moving/looking/acting into the center. The shot composition does not conform to the rule of thirds, and I tried cropping it, but decided I liked it the way it is. The depth of field could be tighter, but I'm not bringing the expensive lenses to the beach. When you find yourself spending a lot of time on an image, and getting nowhere with it, it's time to say "good enough," maybe torture it, and move on.

An okay photograph of a laughing gull on a beach. Notice the vignetting in the four corners of the image. The lens is round, the sensor is rectangular.

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