An Armful of White Blossoms

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© Rebecca Kinzie Bastian
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UploadedMarch 26, 2009
TakenMarch 11, 2009
MakeFujifilm
ModelFinePix S5000
Exposure1/750 sec at f/7
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Focal Length51.3 mm
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Swans and seagulls in a great swirl of white.

The Swan – Mary Oliver

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music - like the rain pelting the trees - like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

In the Wild Swans photo essay.

8 responses

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (26 Mar 2009):

    Nice composition, colors and clarity! Well done.

  • Camille Susak

    Camille Susak gave props (26 Mar 2009):

    Great shot!

  • Wallace Jones

    Wallace Jones gave props (1 Apr 2009):

    wow! is this real or is it a dream! wonderful location... and wonderful shot!

  • Rebecca Kinzie Bastian

    Rebecca Kinzie Bastian gave props (2 Apr 2009):

    Thanks! It was real but it felt like a dream!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (19 Apr 2009):

    The pattern created by the distribution and angles of the birds is superb!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2009):

    Just beautiful! Love Love the title!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (18 Sep 2009):

    Blossoms as if thrown into the wind.......All the different angles and perspectives of viewing the birds makes this such a magical image!

  • Karen T.

    Karen T. gave props (26 Mar 2010):

    Absolutely beautiful!

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