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Dedicated to all married couples

Dedicated to all married couples
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications I have made, My favourite naturescapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-04 1:39
Viewed: 5523
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Burchell's Zebra / Equus burchellii

Today the 4th April 2009, Loot and I celebrates our 28th wedding anniversary. I would like to dedicate this posting to all married couples. I am sure there are many wedded pairs that have been married for much longer than the 28 of ours, and many who have just done the "For better or worse:" vow. Therefore this is for you, being married for 1 month or 35 years. Congratulations.

Looking at this image, people can see it in different ways and interpreted it otherwise. In marriage it can also be like that. What do you see looking at this image? Is it a playful bite from one to another, maybe some sweet whisperings in the ear, or is it a bitchy snatch to the other. The scene on your screen is for you to decide what you see, or what you think you see!

I photographed these zebras in the Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve. I always wanted to capture a zebra with some kind of "funny" facial expression and this is the closest I got to it. Technically not the best photograph but the motion and emotion captured makes it worth for posting and sharing. I enjoyed this outing in the reserve tremendously as I walked all over the veld, taking photographs of all the beautiful wildflowers, for example "My special Christmas wish" and plenty other interesting insects, example "Colourful Lovers" that I have posted in the past

A student asks a teacher, "What is love?"

The teacher said: "In order to answer your question, go to the wheat field and choose the biggest wheat and come back. But the rule is: you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick."

The student went to the field, went through the first row, he saw one big wheat, but he wonders, maybe there is a bigger one later. Then he saw another bigger one, but maybe there is an even bigger one waiting for him.

Later, when he finished more than half of the wheat field, he start to realize that the wheat is not as big as the previous ones he saw, he knew he has missed the biggest one, and he regretted. So, he ended up went back to the teacher with empty hands.

The teacher told him: "This is love, you keep looking for a better one, but then later you realise, you have already missed the right person".

"What is marriage then?" the student asked.

The teacher said, "In order to answer your question, go to the corn field and choose the biggest corn and come back. But the rule is the same as the previous, you can go through them only once and cannot turn back to pick."

The student went to the corn field, this time he was careful not to repeat the previous mistake, when he reached the middle of the field, he has picked one medium corn and felt satisfied, and came back to the teacher. The teacher told him, "This time you brought back a corn, that you looked for and is just right and nice, and you have faith and believe this is the best one you got. This is marriage."

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-04 2:02]

Hello Anna (and Loot),
Congratulations on your 28th wedding anniversary. Yes, we've got more (32+). Thanks for this wonderful gift.
Great symbolic photo from an excellent low POV in beautiful colours and sharpness.
I hope you got many happy years together.

Hello Anna,

Perfect picture for a perfect occasion.
Great opportunity to wish you and Loot on the
eve of your marriage anniversary. Best Wishes for the future.

Always Keep Smiling!

Happy Wedding Anniversary, Anna!
28 years, eh?
We will celebrate our 37th this June, young lady.

Now for the picture.
The image is technically perfect and does bring a smile to my face when I look at the faces of these Zebras in a playful state of mind.

Hello Anna,
A great capture with right timing for a nice occasion, congratulations for your wedding anniversary and thanks for your dedication to married couples.
So far I'm getting the highest score !!! about 44 years! and with the same wife, a wonderful time
Kind regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-04 4:41]

Hello Anna,
A very original idea to bring this picture and your thoughts about marriage. At first Congratulations for your 28th wedding anniversary. I start to think that on TN there are a lot of very solid couples, having shared quite a lot of time together. That's just great.In my country every third or even second couple gets divorced!
The interpretation of your picture depends I think a lot from the mood of the moment..
Have a nice weekend

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-04 5:25]

Hello Ana
Nice scene with natural colors and good details.

Hello Anna,
Thanks for the kind dedication. Excellent POV with different ways of interpretations ;) TFS

Beautiful image Anna!
Great exposure & composition.
Cheers & TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-04-04 9:27]

Congratulations, Anna and Loot!
What a wonderful post and dedication.
Thank you from a 36 year veteran at this. : )
A Rorshach Test for married couples. What a clever idea. : )
I really enjoyed your story as well.
Anyway, it is a lovely shot.
You caught them at an interesting moment during their interaction.
Beautiful serene background.
Great POV of the two zebras. : )

Hello Anna,
a very fine picture to celebrate your and Loots 28th wedding day, a big congratulations to you both.
The picture is well composed with lovely natural colours,
good sharpness and lots of details.
I also like the low POV.
Well done, mf.
All my best to your hard working man.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-04-04 9:52]

Hi Ann. Congrats to yourself and loot. This yeat its our 38th . I do like your pickture and as you say it will mean many different things to each of us. You took this with fine detail and natural colours. wel ldone TFS.

PS ask Loot to post some more pictures. !!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-04 10:32]

Hola Anna.
Frist of all. Congratulations for Your anniversary, You and Lot makes a great couple.
Lovley photo. I really appreciate it.

Lidia and Me have been married for 32 Long Years, but I love her more than the first one.

TFS and please have a nice weekend in company of Lot.

hello Anna
SUPER this is a very sharpness picture
beautiful details and good colours
greeting lou

Aaah, such a beautiful photo of a lovely couple Anna, but from here they look as if bickering my friend, and seen from a toddlers point of view! Well, not a good example for newlyweds I'm sure, but veterans like myself (happily married for 36 years) will just grin and bear on...

Hi Anna,
What a spectacular moment you captured here:) to celebrate your 28th wedding anniversary. Perfect one.
Also nice dedication to couples:).
TFS this fine shot and have a great next anniversaries:) with Loot.
All the best!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-04 16:35]

Ehhehe....the title is in great "marriage" whit the pic! Wonderful moment to take and great details and colors,a nice idea and a perfect realisation,have a nice Sunday my purple lady,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-04 19:20]

Happy Anniversary Anna, and Congratulations on 28 years!!
Rosie and I will hit 34 years this July 25th.
Gorgeous image which is very fitting for your special occasion. Excellent detail, colors and composition!! TFS.

hello anna,
congratulations, you have posted a lovely shot for the occasion. please convey my best regards to loot too, i have celebrated my 10th on last February.

i liked the way you have composed the shot, fine pov and perfect timing,
well done,

tfs & regards

Hello Anna
Congratulations for your wedding anniversary !
This shot is very funny but at the same time full of tenderness
colors and sharpness are perfect as always
I love your note very much

Hello Anna !
I'm sorry, I'm a bit late, but I had some problems of my own to deal with and was absent from Tn for a week - but I am back now, and I want to congratulate you for your 28th wedding anniversary ! (that's more than my whole life ;-)The picture is wondeful, too - for me it reminds me the times when I playfully fight with my friend and we end up laughing so hard we are in tears ! :-) It's a great picture, made me smile, perfect to celebrate such an important event.
Warm greetings from France,

Bravo Anna
dans le męme uniforme, ils sont extra, et superbes

This guy is really showing off for you in this photo! You guys are goint to catch up with us some time - it's 38 yrs for us! -Goeie foto anna - hoop julle kan nog 28 jaar saam hę.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-07 1:32]

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on your 28th wedding anniversary! I wish you and Loot a long and happy future together. Ulla an I celebrated our silver last year and we have both been married before.
This is a fine capture of this Burchell's Zebra pair taken from a great low POV to show a bit of pair bonding in action: a love bite? Technically superb and the composution perfect.
Thanks for sharing and all the best to you and Loot.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-07 13:18]

Merhaba Anna,
harika bir kompozisyon yakalamışsın; renkler, netlik ve pozlama çok başarılı.
Tebrik ederim.

Hi Anna, I see you are not only a great photographer but you have a sense of humour as well.
Well done, I love the photo, a bit of action makes a nature photo!

Hello Anna,
at first, congratulations for 28th wedding anniversary to you and Loot; you have captured a very lovely moment, superb sharpness, marvellous colours, i like the excellent low POV and the nice composition.
Best regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-09 6:37]

Hi Anna !
A very nice catch.
I love the colors and light.
Have a good day,

Hello Anna! Nice scene. Very nice colours. Superb contrast. Good composition. Well done!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-09 7:22]

Hello Anna,
28 years... Turkish "Maşallah"
An interesting composition of Zebras.
Good sharpness and lots of details.
Best regards,

Thanks Anna, I'm married from 34 years:), splendid couple inlovely pose, fantastic capture, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Anna,

Very good pov and presentation of the Zebra.
Good of details with fine colours.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-10 10:34]

Hi Anna.
I love these animals (this species) so much and can watch them for ages. You managed to reflect a very nice and touching moment and scene. And selected POV is simply amazing as well as the framing of the subject. DOF is great and detail/sharpness/blurriness are superb too. Bravo. Perfectly looking picture. My compliments.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-11 1:05]

hi Anna,
very beautiful colour rendition and moment well captured. you have shown a very lovely subject with its feelings. the soft surrounding is very enhancing. the grasses too is very lovely.
well taken and you have dedicated very well.


Hi Anna (and Loot)
I wish You very happy Wedding Anniversary Day - even if I delayed a bit. :( We'll celebrate only our 11th, so we're greenhorns. :)
Fantastic shot, and a perfect symbolic post. We all wish You and Loot another at least 28 years in peace, love, health and happiness.
Have a nice Easter, best wishes from Your young Hungarian friend, László

Hello Anna,
what a very beautiful scene on this picture. I like composition, colours, details and POV. And my great congratulations on your 28th wedding anniversary.

TFS, best regards,

Hello Anna, this is my first visit to your gallery and what a picture to start with. Good low POV. Natural colors are very appealing. Nice timing. Belated anniversary wishes from India.

Hello Anna,
Lovely shot of these beautiful beasts. Good timing to capture the movement. Thank you!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-04-23 9:02]

Hi Anna,
Excellent action shot.I liked timing,POV,clarity and composition a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-04-27 17:14]

Hello Anna-

I saw this a couple of weeks ago, but didn't have time then to comment. It is a wonderful photo and a wonderful tribute to that delightful natural phenomenon of pair bonding. Your 28 years is to be applauded (I know what it's like- it will be 34 for my wife and me next month).

There is one important question you must answer about this picture (or if you want, let Loot answer). Which zebra is you and which one is Loot?

Best regards to you both and hope you have many years more.


I'm sorry for being late,Anna, but a belated 'Happy Anniversary' to the two of you! And may you and Loot see many more such anniversaries.
This shot is indeed among those that beautifully illustrates what being a cuople means.

great capture, greetings, Ori

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  • zobo (44)
  • [2009-05-28 18:55]
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Hello, Anna. What are they doing to each other!? It looks like the one on the top wanted to bite the other one! where did you get this picture?

Hello Anna


A wonderful well timed capture.
The details are sharp with excellent colour.
I realize they are exhibiting natural behaviour but I still like to imagine "their marriage" has a bit of nag in it.LOL.
I enjoyed the lesson too...I think I brought back a peach!


you're so fortunate to live in such a wonderful land.
You can capture this magic scenes and you do very well.
perfect moment stopped, great exposition and colors
have a nice day

Hello Anna,
Excellent scene.Very well presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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