At Hornsea Mere, the old man called out to the bird and it came towards him paddling furiously calling back to him. As it reached the bank he bent and the bird allowed him to stroke its neck. He turned to me and said we're old friends.
A lovely and touching shot Linda.....I'm glad I'm not the only old codger that talks to the birds and animals....lol......and whenever a bird gives me a picture, I always thank it before moving on.....karma is important....Alan
Yes Alan a one off shot, the kind of shot that that just happens, the right place and the right time. Its like freezing a special moment in time. LindaThe hidden harmony is better than the obvious. Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
my gosh that is so nice to see and so heart-warming! would have luved to have been there... very special & super timing Linda"The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera..." - J-H. Lartigue
Thank Oly_M and Beg-Erin, Yes it was a very special moment.LindaThe hidden harmony is better than the obvious. Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
#5 Sun June 1, 2008 2:22pm
If I were on the panel of judges for the contest, I would have pushed for this one to be in the final five. I'm the kind of viewer who is keen on 'that which is other than the norm,' which this is. Since some people post pictures to the blog hoping for thoughts about possible improvement, I offer the thought that perhaps it would be less distracting to clone out the ducks in the background.
I couldn't agree more. At times, it seems so completely arbitrary what wins and what doesn't. Periodically there emerges some consistency in repeat winners while other works never enter the playing field. I think I've given up in trying to figure it out, and I don't mean any reproach to anyone I am just sharing how it strikes me..."The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera..." - J-H. Lartigue
Well! I certainly didn't expect this and I am so very touched by your lovely comments. I do not enter the competitions usually because you are all such wonderfully skilled photographers and I have only had the bug 12 months. I just wanted to share this with you all because it was a very special moment and I wish you could have been there to experience it. Thank you so much for your comments, kind regards LindaThe hidden harmony is better than the obvious. Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
I have just seen this one. Now I know why he was in such a honking hurry. This is unusual - a bird that recognises someone and wants stroked - very lovely. There must have been quite a special bond between them. VivViv
Thanks Viv -yes I have never seen anything like it. I wondered if it had been a domestic pet at some time which he had released on to the water. LindaThe hidden harmony is better than the obvious. Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
I love this one. I wonder if he will ever see this page and what would he say?
I have seen this bond between a seagul and a man in cornwall. Love the story!
I never have a camera with me when somethng like this happens.