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  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Feb 2011, 06:35
F A B U L O U S, Louis. A Likey for me. Just the right amount of color for these marvelous birds.
Louis: Oh, thank you Madame. I am honoured. (Read with a southern accent smile) I also have beautiful pictures of them in flight and maybe will blog that one day.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2011, 06:45
Ha ha!
Louis: smile smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Feb 2011, 06:49
Aren't these daft looking things Louis: designed by a committee perhaps?
Louis: You should have seen what the committee members looked like grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Feb 2011, 08:15
Later resting in quietness:

by Rainer Maria Rilke

Like mirror-images of canvases by Fragonard
reflecting shimmering hues of whited and red,
they offer you no more than if
a friend said casually of his love:

‘She was still sleeping softly.’ They step
from water basin to the island´s green,
high on their stilt-like rosy legs, to gather
resembling more a flowering bed of blossoms
as they seductively hold court, more cunningly than Phryne,

Until, with pallid eyes, their slender necks and beaks
seek refuge, hiding deep within their downy wings,
where tints of black hide with the red of ripened fruit.

Quite suddenly the air is pierced by shrieks of jealousy;
they only stretch themselves and look astonished
as they stride singly past into the imaginary.

(Paris, Jardin des Plantes)

Die Flamingos
Jardin des Plantes, Paris

In Spiegelbildern wie von Fragonard
ist doch von ihrem Weiß und ihrer Röte
nicht mehr gegeben, als dir einer böte,
wenn er von seiner Freundin sagt: sie war

noch sanft von Schlaf. Denn steigen sie ins Grüne
und stehn, auf rosa Stielen leicht gedreht,
beisammen, blühend, wie in einem Beet,
verführen sie verführender als Phryne

sich selber; bis sie ihres Auges Bleiche
hinhalsend bergen in der eignen Weiche,
in welcher Schwarz und Fruchtrot sich versteckt.

Auf einmal kreischt ein Neid durch die Voliere;
sie aber haben sich erstaunt gestreckt
und schreiten einzeln ins Imaginäre.

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1908
Louis: Beautiful. After considering the content, I am sure that Rilke has taken time to observe flamingos.
Lots to smile at in this shot. Wonderful!
Louis: Thank you Mary. Can you imagine how they would be landing in snow? Brrr smile The season is slowly starting to turn over here, so hold your thumb.
Beautiful Louis just simply beautiful . You have captured these beautiful birds in their natural habitat perfectly. Where was this photo taken if you don't mind me asking.
Louis: Thank you Laurette. The shot was taken at the Walvis Bay lagune.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Feb 2011, 13:15
Stunning action
Louis: Thank you vintage
Beautiful Louis, are they about to take off, just landing, or just playing, they look great smile
Louis: Thank you Linda. They were actually landing.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2011, 16:45
Great shot Louis. Their legs look hardly able to bear their weight!
Louis: Thank you anniedog. They could be models from the '70's
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 23 Feb 2011, 16:52
Those models with their legs like matchsticks.
Louis: Twiggy Inc
Ha ha..They look all legs Louis..Wonderfully caught.
Louis: Thank you Ron. You should not be looking at other birds' legs, should you?
Cracking picture Louis. One of your finest
Louis: Thank you Bill. A fine comment as well smile
Wow! That is just a very well executed picture Louis!!
Louis: Thank you Marion, much appreciated
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Feb 2011, 20:38
Legs from the '70's ? Lou you need to get out more ..... no you don't not after the this and the last post. love em both, color, action, focus, what more could you ask for. nice
Louis: You remember Twiggy? Skinny bit from the '70's. Thanks for the comment johnny.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Feb 2011, 02:37
Beautiful shot of Fred/Ginger dancing across the shallow water.
Louis: Oh, when she looked up in his eyes ...

You remember how, when she looked in his eyes, her chest was puffed out and there was a sheeny look to the picture. And they got payed for acting.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 24 Feb 2011, 07:46
OT, I send you a mail, mail me if you want to have the lightbox manual to make one yourself...
Louis: Received the mail, thank you and answered that I would like the manual. Thank you Chantal.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Feb 2011, 08:07
Stunning! that's all I can say
Louis: They are stunning, Scarlet. And also a little scarlet coloured smile
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 24 Feb 2011, 08:43
Come fly with me...
Louis: smile That is a nice invitation, thank you Chantal.
Quite an amazing capture Louis. Well done. A likey for me!
Louis: Merci m'sieur. It is an honour again.
Very nice! One day I want to see them in the flesh.
Louis: Thank you JP. With all your travels, you haven't seen them in flesh? Wow.
BTW I tried to view and comment on your site, but everything is tied down under a frog in an ice cube. Following the suggested URL in the frog picture, brings me no joy.
  • Gert
  • South Africa
  • 25 Feb 2011, 11:16
Ditto all. Lovely mood captured here Louis.
Louis: Thank you Gert. See this thing coming in for a debut this year http://www.canonrumors.com/2011/02/canon-ef-200-400-f4l-is-announced/
Flamingos are awesome!!! Great shot smile
Louis: Thank you Tomás. They are a spectacular bunch.
nice capture of the movement with the oustretched wings. amusing spindly legs, those

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