In case anyone was wondering this little duck does have two legs but for some reason seemed happy to just stand on one... it reminds me of arguments I've been hearing lately...
Birds look like little zen masters when they do that. The little duck is a piece of art, angles and curves and dots, just so.
That is a noble duck who epitomizes truth--I'm not kidding.
me think the best razor is nature itself... if something is redundant, it is simplified or omitted naturally through evolution...don't think man has acquired that collective encompassing wisdom of cosmos to decide wisely which elements should be simplified or be omitted...i'm not completely against Ockham's Razor, though... it is a helpful principle in some theories and analysis... provided that people do not oversimplify or overgeneralize...think, for example, it is applied to sociology or anthropology... genocide or even things like cloning or genetic modifications can be justified by disciples of Hitler...:Ddid you know that crows in some parts of the world, such as UK, are regarded as pests and you can freely kill them? people just see the small amount of crop they take as food ... and they don't see that crows are predators of other pests which are more harmful to farming... they can control the population of those animals...legislators and decision-makers are usually among the most ignorant of all people...:Dso the golden mean is the safe side...no razor... no anti-razor... somewhere in between..or perhaps i didn't get your point, Jon... ha?in Iran we say, "each head has got a thought" (i.e., when we put our thoughts together, we come to the right thought...)
forgot to say that the duck is a beauty... and the shot is really impressive...
I love ducks.I do.Really.Ducks are never futile.
Your photography lessons are panning out. Great shot. It is nice to be able to stand on one leg on days I'm in balance. But I'm glad to have two. Thank you for the assurances that this duck also has two. He looks like a yogini. I am sure he is meditating and saying OMMMMMMMM.
this duck is a bit like me and may be like this world! always in fragile balance between contemplation and reality ! which is to see himself falling or to fly off ... reason or consequence, it is tiredness in the 2 cases...frenchtony
nice duck anyway !!frenchtony
well done with photo of the duck doing his yoga pose...ducks do that you know...I think this one is called the ducky asuna or something like that...I like the lines behind him too. Nice speckled chest... and the bit of yellow...As for the saying oh so true, I think American's have a hard time doing with less/fewer things...we are a lot of things society.I fell for the IPhone when I saw my son's. Then realized I hardly needed it, since I had a computer at work and a computer at home. But...it would have been ducky to have on the trip. Wonder if you can rent them for vacations only?
Deb... yeah this little duck is surely a zen master... would make our friend Bobb proud standing there on his own one foot wouldn't he???EOTR... hopefully you got my message about James Joyce and his story "The Dead" and how that corresponds with the angels... and how I'm not interested immediately (notice I use the word immediately)... seraphin and cherubin are OK too...Crow... what I was getting at with the razor was that the duck is only standing on one foot... the razor says that if it's ok to stand on just one foot then that's better... well I don't agree... why stand on one foot when you can stand on two??? that's why the razor is a recursive idea... the premise implies agreement... obviously it's better to stand on two feet (well... at least most of the time) so why just have one... even if the two are more complicated... know what I mean??? but anyways... who'd have thought it but crazy me! ;-)Fern... Agreed 100%... ducks are never futile... they're cutile!!! (that's a word that I just made up... like it???) p.s. have a note coming your way soon... and thanks for the latest post on our site about your daughter... I too spent a summer on a schooner... out of Twillingate Isle... (you can google that one and get a good answer to what I'm saying)...Suki,,, I'm not so sure about the photo lessons having an impact... I'm working on still-life this week... but from my background in poetic I don't exactlly believe in still life... Erica Jong says that there are no still lifes... everything is a product of time and he present moment... nothing is still... having trouble with that... will put up a shot that expresses this conundrum later this week... thanks for your thoughts that spur my ideas as always!!!Tony... at least you're not talking about eating the duck like you were about the snail in that pic from a week ago!!! You French!!! what don't you guys eat??? lol!!! ;-)Lynn... I'm guessing that you're home now... hope that you're trip ended out well... thanks again for sharing the shots of you and Cris... I thought that was so touching... and you should resist the Iphone... screw them and their technology... it's all marketing as I'm sure you know!!!
jon, you Canadian, you know not appreciate the good things !! lol a good duck (magret)with a little piece of foie gras and a good bottle of red wine from Bordeaux or and a small or mormale bottle of sweet white wine humm !! I m hungry now !! frenchtony
Twillingate Isle..hahah Jon, I know it from a Great Big Sea tune.
I really like your writings. This is a great shot. I've never seen a duck like this before. I've often wondered why birds will sometimes stand on one foot like this.Thanks for stopping by my blog when was sick. I'm very far behind and trying to catch up on visiting blogs this week. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!
I too love ducks - having grown up by the shoreAnd he certainly does make do with the minimum.He stands on one foot to conserve body heat, keeping one foot tucked up inside his well oiled feathery insulation. I've been to the aviary in Niagara Falls, nice to be able to be right inside with the birds
Jimi HendrixIt seemed like everyone Wanted to play guitarBe a rock starSo mom & dadBought them that guitarSome song booksAnd instructional books tooOn techniqueChords Etc…If you were lucky You got lessonsMost of the guitars Ended up in closetsYard salesPawn shopsBut some kidsWith practiceGot good…Some got real goodThe world of lead guitar playersWas shaken to its rootsWith the emergence of Jimi HendrixPete Twonsend, Jeff Beck and Eric ClaptonMet up after one of Jimi’s showsAnd declared themselves obsoleteJimi changed everythingBecause Jimi wasSelf taughtMuch of the art world is like thatAnd so I would offer my perspectiveInto the art of photographyWith that in mind My word is in no way The last wordAnd it might in factBe artistic poison…All photography really comes down To a few basic relationshipsRegarding lightAnd the propertiesOf lensesTo mePhotographyIs elusiveThe image Is to be CaughtThis approachAffords me the opportunityTo catch things I didn’t expectOr even seeYour Pic with the feathers Is a good example(HB saw the heart)Had you seen the heartMight you have cropped it Differently?People seeWith their mindThe camera sees With a lens…The camera tends to see allThe birdThe brook and the duck(I really liked the duck)All show a good use of framingFilling the frame is really importantThese images all appear to be un croppedSo good job thereOnce you have an idea of what you want in the frame You attempt to catchWith a cameraWhat you are seeingWith your mindIt really helpsTo learn to see like a cameraYou get to controlLightShadowColorContrastFocusAnd depth of fieldIn the old days You did this on filmAnd then in the darkroomNow its on the camera’s sensorAnd then on your PCThese are nice high quality imagesSo I’m guessing you have something like a Nikon D200Or Canon EOS either of which gives you a lot of flexibilityGood lenses are a MUSTZooms are fine I prefer zooms that allow for the maximum aperture through the entire rangeMore $$ I know – but less frustration in the long runBut you can’t beat a few standard single focus lenses for a few thingsSpecifically Wide wide angleAnd macroAnd a good 50mm that opens up to f.1.2 For those spontaneous low light occasionsEverything in photography Is a compromiseTime against apertureSensitivity against clarityLearn how to manipulate these thingsTo get the effects you wantSometimes it’s a struggleLearn your equipment And experiment experiment experimentLike the duckI would have deliberately triedTo catch images with the background is in focusAnd with it barely discernableAnd a few in between(not to say you didn’t)In this wayI learn to use the equipment to its full capabilityAnd my ownI want youTo some degreeTo beSelf taught
Tony... you go right ahead and eat all the snails and ducks you want to... I'll take the Bordeaux though... that is if you don't mind sharing... this reminds me of a saying my brother uses all the time... and actually we're talking about getting some t-shirts printed for a gag... and not that snails are especially cute or anything... he always says:"The cuter the animal the better it tastes!"
Fern...;-)Sandpiper...again... thanks for dropping by and saying hi... I know that your site gets thousands of hits a day and loads of comments... you're so good to take the time to go about and respond to everyone... that takes some kind of dedication... and think... you're not even making any $$$ doing it... nor sharing your beautiful photography... thanks again and see you soon...
Bobb...it's so good of you to pass on your insights of photography (using the excellent analogy of Hendrix and him being self taught)... I left a comment on your site too asking a couple more questions of you that I hope you'll not mind getting into... it'd be a big help...And yeah... the aviary is a great place... especially if you've got an afternoon and a camera... there's so much going on in there that it's hard to know what to look at half the time... right now I'm only about 20 mins away from the falls and have been trying to get out there at least once a week... and have been taking the camera too!!!I know that it's a bit of a drive, but if you'd like to come up one weekend we could plan to meet somewhere there and do that coffee or check out some of the natural beauty of the place... there's a lot of tourists this time of year so you've got to find some places that are a little off the track... just the other day I went down to a place called the whirlpool... it's only fifteen minutes walk from the touristy areas but there's no people there... went scavenging for driftwood and feathers for a still life I'm going to try and shoot soon...Anyways... thanks again for your comment... I'll think about some of the things you've mentioned some more and probably have even more questions back again!!!peaceJON
oh, so many things have been said here to you already, I'll have to come back to appreciate the whole conversation.I love the duck. His little dots are so sweet and the way a duck is always so sweet and friendly looking makes me believe in God:)And I think it is curiousness to do with more things that which can be done with fewer,love to you HopperA
I am so glad to see you are getting your share of nature and all of her good things out there ... I get vision of Toronto being a wall of stone ... and glad to hear you are getting your dose of inspiration from the earth ... talk to you later, roxy
He he I've been to the whirlpool And all the less popular places I will definately make the drive out when there is time And please feel that the invitation is mutual - a weekend on the treefarm can be quite refreshing
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