Painted beauty

Are we to paint what’s on the face, what’s inside the face or what’s behind it? — Pablo Picasso

I don’t know if there’s beauty behind this face, but I like to think there is.

Beauty that matches his brilliant colours

Where feathers are painted on with water drops

And the hidden hand of nature.

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42 responses

  1. Beautiful words, profound sentiments and striking image to match both – all so vibrant…
    Have a lovely weekend,
    xoxo

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    January 15, 2011 at 16:40

  2. Beautiful! The green is so vivid.

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    January 15, 2011 at 17:13

  3. Lovely shot. REally brings out the mallard colors. And your words as always perfectly chosen.

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    January 15, 2011 at 17:42

  4. Well said.
    It always amazes me how impressive some critters look.
    The colours shapes and all that.
    Great post here

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    January 15, 2011 at 17:53

  5. Stunning colours, Thank you, LadyFi

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    January 15, 2011 at 18:07

  6. Beautiful words…beautiful capture…my little’s sure enjoyed looking at it…happy weekend to you and yours. XX

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    January 15, 2011 at 18:52

  7. It looks like you got right down and into his face for this shot. In nature the male has the brilliant colours. Not so in humans… thank goodness.

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    January 15, 2011 at 19:05

  8. lilalia

    Nature can choose to show us subtlety or jar us with contrasts. Love the photos.

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    January 15, 2011 at 19:13

  9. Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate how you meld both words and images. I am enjoying each of my visits here.

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    January 15, 2011 at 19:52

  10. Great shot. I love that color green on the ducks.

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    January 15, 2011 at 19:57

  11. Lady Fi,I like your photographs but you are on a winner quoting Emerson

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    January 15, 2011 at 20:18

  12. lovely photo

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    January 15, 2011 at 20:26

  13. Wonderful photo – drops of water on a duck, what could be better?
    –K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    January 15, 2011 at 20:36

  14. The colors are lovely, beautiful image.

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    January 15, 2011 at 20:55

  15. nice shot

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    January 15, 2011 at 20:56

  16. Riet

    Yes.it is a beauty with those colours

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    January 15, 2011 at 21:07

  17. Mallards are such common birds that it’s easy to forget how beautiful they really are. There must be a beauty beneath what we can see as they seem to get along with other birds, such as trumpeter swans who won’t tolerate most other waterfowl.

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    January 15, 2011 at 21:16

  18. Oh, there is always beauty in every creature…marvelous photos.

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    January 15, 2011 at 21:35

  19. I see beauty and intelligence.

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    January 15, 2011 at 22:02

  20. gorgeous shot…and i have found more often than not there is beauty behind the face…smiles.

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    January 15, 2011 at 22:36

  21. Clive

    Fab photo!

    Won’t mention what we had for dinner in the local Chinese tonight though!!

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    January 15, 2011 at 23:31

  22. Beautiful! I’d like to think there’s beauty inside as well.

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    January 15, 2011 at 23:36

  23. There is always something behind the face – sometimes even more moving and spectacular than we could imagine. We must just have eyes (which you do, Fi) that really “see.”

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    January 16, 2011 at 00:12

  24. BEautiful words to go with the handsome mallard. Happy Critter Day!

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    January 16, 2011 at 02:00

  25. Great photograph. Very vivid colors and clear shot. I love it.

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    January 16, 2011 at 03:19

  26. You did a marvelous job capturing the best of the mallard in this shot. They have great coloring but where you put the cameras eye is what accentuates it! Brilliant!

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    January 16, 2011 at 03:26

  27. Beauty and brains. Mallards are lovely critters. Wonderful photo.

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    January 16, 2011 at 04:23

  28. The sun shinning on those multiple colored neck and head feathers is like many jewels all stuck together…beautiful:)

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    January 16, 2011 at 05:01

  29. Nice picture Fi. I like ducks – Dave

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    January 16, 2011 at 09:20

  30. What great shot! And a thoughtful piece of text to go with it. Thank you!

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    January 16, 2011 at 11:01

  31. What a beauty!

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    January 16, 2011 at 11:09

  32. I can almost FEEL the softness of those feathers….WHAT A SHOT!

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    January 16, 2011 at 12:42

  33. Beautiful… What colors… I havent seen this live, but this looks so real..

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    January 16, 2011 at 13:02

  34. Beautiful. As are the photos in the post prior. I gather you didn’t take this photograph, but YOUR pictures are equally stunning. I need to take a class…

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    January 16, 2011 at 17:04

    • Thanks! I did take this photo too – like all shots on this blog…

      Sent from my iPhone

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      January 16, 2011 at 20:08

  35. Nature is a beautiful painter and you captured it’s beauty so well.

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    January 16, 2011 at 23:01

  36. Great shot of a gorgeous critter – I can’t wait till they come back here!

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    January 16, 2011 at 23:46

  37. Such vibrant colors … and I love the texture and the water on his feathers. Great detailed photo.

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    January 17, 2011 at 02:31

  38. I can’t believe the clarity. I can see the individual feathers. I’m in Copenhagen, and ducks came in front of my friend’s door to get fed.

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    January 17, 2011 at 10:29

  39. Oh my goodness glory girl, the picture is just magnificent. I sooooo want lessons. I’ve been usin’ a digital about a year and a half and could always take great pics with my 35mm, but I have boatloads to learn on the digital.

    I’ve been mia…’spent the past week in TX with my fam for my Dad’s memorial service.

    God bless you and have a grand day sweetie!!!!

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    January 17, 2011 at 14:07

  40. Magnificent photo of this mallard. Any photo you took is excellent!

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    January 17, 2011 at 20:29

  41. wonderful photo and prose!!!

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    January 20, 2011 at 06:26

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