The Eyes of Beauty

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© Pamela Haberman
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UploadedJune 22, 2011
TakenJanuary 16, 2010
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure1/30 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length40 mm
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YOU are a sky of autumn, pale and rose;
But all the sea of sadness in my blood
Surges, and ebbing, leaves my lips morose,
Salt with the memory of the bitter flood.

In vain your hand glides my faint bosom o'er,
That which you seek, beloved, is desecrate
By woman's tooth and talon; ah, no more
Seek in me for a heart which those dogs ate.

It is a ruin where the jackals rest,
And rend and tear and glut themselves and slay--
A perfume swims about your naked breast!

Beauty, hard scourge of spirits, have your way!
With flame-like eyes that at bright feasts have flared
Burn up these tatters that the beasts have spared!

~ Charles Baudelaire
from The Eyes of Beauty

"The bones seem to cut sharply to the center of something that is keenly alive on the desert even though it is vast and empty and untouchable and knows no kindness with all its beauty."

~ Georgia O'Keeffe

And a special thanks to Debrah Leonard for the "Spottie."

15 responses

  • Robert Larrazolo

    Robert Larrazolo gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    Excellent find! Well photographed.

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    very nice

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    where did you find these? excellent shot...unique

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    Great find and entry, love the verses!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most soulfully).

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    gorgeous diffuse light and understated colors

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    I love this collection....

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (3 Jul 2011):

    Fabulous lighting.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (8 Jul 2011):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (9 Jul 2011):


  • Frank Morales

    Frank Morales gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    Love this shot!!! Has a nice feel to it.

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (15 Jul 2011):

    Excellent picture. Have you tried a little less blur?

  • Adam Reilly

    Adam Reilly said (16 Jul 2011):


  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    This is killer. Love the O'Keeffe reference. She is a fav.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (7 Dec 2012):


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