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This Duck at Home

This Duck at Home
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-23 6:01
Viewed: 2931
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Picture the real wilderness where few men have trod. See in your mind where birds such as this spend most of their days. While we may only see them once or twice a year, in these woods they never see a human. There are many aspects to living in the wilderness...too many to list. I have written a short book about our 12 years in the wilderness and it covers only a fraction of those things we we experienced. Our lives revolved more around how to learn and live with the creatures around us... than time in photographing them. Our days were filled with work. Cutting wood, taking down 80 foot trees in which the tree sacrifices its life so that we may live. For the most part nature left us alone..... and we pretended it wasn't there...but we knew and we saw.

I remember one summer afternoon, after hiking up to take pictures of a Bald Eagle nest, I became extremely tired upon coming back home and even though it was only 3pm I laid down for a nap. I dreamed that all of the woods was gone. Taken away by some mysterious stranger...and I was left standing on a mountainside devoid of trees, the creek and run dry. When I awoke, the feeling stayed with me for the remainder of the day. A fear that some day all of this would be gone. It was at that time a Hawk flew over my head and dropped a feather which I saw fall onto the ground no more than 20 feet from me in a heavily wooded area. I went over to see...it was gorgeous. I wanted to take it home, feeling it was a gift from the greater powers. The Grandfather of Thunder had given me a present to calm me.

These days I find myself more in a car than on foot. I am in the city and I watch as students from a nearby college pass by. All seem to be in a hurry with Ipods or cell phones tied to their heads. I told my wife it was no wonder kids today didn't care about the trees and wilderness. They were so busy they couldn't see what was right there in front of their eyes at the moment. The are not part of the real world any longer. They are part of an invisible digital world. This picture is one place I go to escape this madness some call a new age. This duck didn't notice a thing as I took it's picture from far away. He was simply living his life in his home...where there is only REALITY, not virtual. He will live on to see the woods one more day and probably more...I hope I do.

angybone, nirmalroberts, CeltickRanger, Heaven, nglen, jaycee, Silvio2006, warnzy, pablominto, haraprasan, PaulH, tiklod, c_rapp, EOSF1, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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I'm first!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ha ha I knew I could do it if I kept trying.
Lovely landscape and the duck is just an extra treat. Love it!!!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-23 7:00]

I'm glad that this duck came home. It's wonderful when there is place that you could call HOME.
Well done, thanks!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-23 8:40]
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Another excellent shot for your theme.
It shows this duck's home really well with the water and long grasses.
+++ Great sharpness and excellent detail, even at this distance this is obviously a duck.
A perfect composition with the bird in the centre, being the first thing we look at.
Nice lighting and golden colours. A great story behind it.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Bob,

p.s It's not really related, but I reckon you would be an awesome travel writer.
And if you ever write a book or if you have written a book, I would/will definately buy it!

Hi Bob,
Thanks a lot for sharing a picture of your moments in this homely wilderness. I too feel sad for today's generation when I start counting what all they are missing. And they do not even realize that they are missing something.
Regards and best wishes.
- Nirmal

Hello Bob
This is a lovely scene to me..it includes water..I can see slack water to the bottom left and a large band in the background..the outcrop of grass is very enticing..Im a fisherman Bob and you have presented to me a challenge where to cast a line to reveal what lies beneath the picture...
Great framing though and a great note...I want to be there!!

salut Bob

i like it very much your photo,
because of the scene, because of the wildness
and because of that alone wild duck,

the highlights of the water are doing great
contrast with the background's shadows

TFS for the photo and
for the that GREAT
Photographer's Note


Hi Bob!

Thank you for this wonderful text and picture. It's for sure a place where you can get your energy and find peace and calm, as the bird does, although or rather because it's living there.

But I don't agree concerning the "Ipod and cell phone youth" that is not part of the real world. Already the famous greek and roman philosophers said about the youth that they are lost and that their generations lost all the moral values. Now let us think of how many generations existed since then... I would say young people are just different and the values change with the generations and the age.

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-23 11:17]

Hi Bob. A very nice picture of the wilderness looks the sort of place that would do me fine. you have captured good natural colours with a nice compostion.once again your notes make interesting reading. well done TFS.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-23 13:23]

Hi Bob,
This picture would make a wonderful painting!
I love that lonely little mallard, he has the whole place to himself. Great composition and colors.
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-23 13:34]

Hi Bob,

Another lovely scene with the autumn colors and water. The duck is a bonus.


Hi Bob,

I've always loved nature, but I've notice that since I've been taking pictures I notice so much more; and the more I notice, the more I enjoy. I love the colours and light here and you have captured a truely serene moment.

Kind regards,


Hello Bob,
A peaceful scenery, a place to reflect and unwind!
The single bird adds life, telling nature is more than landscapes and water...
As always a high quality note!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Namastay Mr. Bob,
A nice scenery. Very well composed with excellent colors and DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-24 1:22]

Hi Bob,
whata great slice of tranquility you've deposited here on TN for us to share. The lone duck suggests a feeling of solitude and peaceful normality. Just a Duck, going about his daily business of being a Duck, oblivious to the artificial trials and problems of man. A place to sit and contemplate, or maybe just to sit and watch thoughtlessly. Either one is fine. Your almost panoramic format suits the horizontal lines in this one, and the splash of natural browns, coppers and green along the rear bank adds great colour without being distracting. Lovely stuff and a great note...is it called 'Shannonism', the way you write??

Hi Bob, splendid painting with superb autumnal colors, I like flyng bird and wonderful light, very well done, bravo! ciao Silvio

love the colors and your duck is getting away. But oh well I like chicken more...;) Beautiful view. TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-25 5:14]

Hello Bob your notes ( and your pics of course ) have the power to move me a lot. Very good shot of this duck living its life. Beautiful my friend. Have a good day.


Hi Bob,
Your picture is simply EXCELLENT. Details on duck are very sharp however distance! Beautiful autumn landscape and nice colours...
Your camera is on service of your imagination.


Hi Bob,

A good POV of the lake and of the duck, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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