Friday, February 27, 2009

swan drying its feathers

24 Comments:

Blogger Devika said...

Lovely photo, my dear

Swans are so lovely, its been long I saw one :)

love,
devika

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 12:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Thank you, Devika--do you have swans near where you are in India?

I'm enjoying the posts on your new blog...very beautiful!

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 12:16:00 AM EST  
Blogger Devika said...

No my dear -- Delhi is a metro, some migratory birds do come...but never seen a swan here..seen only in the Zoo.

In Kerala -- where we have many lakes and mostly every rural home and temple have its pond, and we see them more commonly

Seen the famous painting by Kerala's renowned artist, Raja Ravi Varma

http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/art/raviverma/11056.htm

He did a series of painting on one of our epic stories...Nalacharitham..

The lady is Princess Damayanti..and the swan is a messenger for the duo :)

just sharing -- you might love to know :)

You can see more of his paintings here...

http://www.cyberkerala.com/rajaravivarma/rrvhtm25.htm

love, always
devika

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 12:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger Devika said...

Oh yeah, thanks so much my bird for letting me know you like new blog too :)

devika

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 12:47:00 AM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Devika--thanks for the links--wow, his paintings are amazing!
I saw a lot that reminded me of you there...

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1:24:00 AM EST  
Blogger Devika said...

oh my!!

You are too fascinating, my dear. :))

devika

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1:28:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lorraine said...

This is so sensational, the beauty the texture, the sheer professionalism, why oh why aren't you having a photo blog...Aminus3 is great, and free and would showcase those amazing photos of yours in full ;)

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 9:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Devika--after viewing about fifty of Ravi Varma's paintings, I am most impressed by how he portrayed women (his favorite subject)--
They are strong, (often heroic) with a clear forceful gaze, not afraid to show themselves, but also with strong emotions...and a very deep and serious beauty. Amazing vision from a man who lived in the 1800's!
So does that sound like you? Of course...

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:34:00 AM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Lorraine--That sounds like an interesting idea--how is Aminus3 different from Blogger? Tell me how it works...and thanks for the compliments!

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:36:00 AM EST  
Blogger Devika said...

Oh Ravi Varma is a legend,
and yes, in many ways his portrayals of women have been a deep influence -- not just the beautiful painting, the epical characters as well, since I saw it in my childhood...

we has a lesson in Grade V :)

love,
devika

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:44:00 AM EST  
Blogger Bird said...

oh that is a gorgeous picture! sheer poetry.

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:45:00 AM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Devika--and now they are an influence on ME! Wish I knew the stories, they sound wonderful!
I also love his depictions of Lord Krishna at various ages...

Bird--Thanks for the sweet comment, from one bird to another...!

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 12:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Margie said...

So lovely!

Margie

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 1:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Devika said...

Those stories are basically from the Epics, my dear...Mahabharatha and Ramayana...yeah, wonderful stories...

I love reading them again and again..But, its along with modern interpretions those characters assume depth....else we might cross them without realising...

Ofcourse, for the perceptive reader you are, you would read them fully, i'm sure

Krishna -- Oh HE is one character! I could never see him as God...yet HE is! :)

Wishes,
devika

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 8:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger Middle Ditch said...

I had a lovely time looking at those pictures and reading the poems. I loved in particular the water lilies. Absolutely gorgeous.

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 9:28:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lorraine said...

First sign address below...there will be a brief delay in getting your account activated, then you can post one photo daily...I promise to always visit, If you run into any problems, don't worry the technical admin support is fantastic and I can help you too...

http://www.aminus3.com/

there's a whole community of photographers and you can visit the entire world lol the advantage is that it really showcases your photos well in large format ;)

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 11:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger K9 said...

beautiful! good to encounter you again. i had forgotten about this lovely space of yours. i hope this note finds you well.

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 1:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger krystyna said...

Amazing!!!

"Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg." - Hans Christian Andersen

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 6:13:00 PM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Margie--thanks so much for appreciating!

Devika--I know what you mean about Krishna--I think it's very refreshing to have a God who is playful and affectionate, don't you?

Middle Ditch--I'm so happy that you came to visit--and even happier to read your wonderful comment! Do stop by on your travels again...

Lorraine--That sounds tempting! I'm not sure I would have the time to take advantage...I'm not as prolific with photos as you are--but the large format sounds great!

K9--Hey--great to see you here--welcome to my favorite Rotweiler--and I see you have been exploring the beach with your camera, too!

Krystyna--that's a terrific line--never saw it before...and it certainly applies to you!

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 11:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger Devika said...

Oh so much,
if you look at it -- Krishna is in a man's true self...Rama is a made-up self....how society changes man to conform...

Krishna is a free soul --and I love him for that...but the way he tests and tries when one is a devotee...is too hard to take...so i don't mind him much! :(

Mine is Shiva -- if you know Hindu Gods...and Christ, then my Guru Sai Baba -- an incarnate of Shiva they say...But there are Mohammedan lineages too..I am not sure...

wishes,
devika

Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 11:18:00 PM EST  
Blogger Janice Thomson said...

A gorgeous photo with spectacular lighting - what a lovely bird the swan is.

Monday, March 2, 2009 at 8:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Thanks, Janice--I'm glad you noticed the lighting--it's not easy taking a photo of an all-white subject! I took a LOT of photos to finally get this one--do you do that too with your bird portraits?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kai C. said...

guess you're a mj fan, too?:-]
<3

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 6:05:00 PM EST  
Blogger firebird said...

Oh, yes, Kai--Michael Jackson is the all-time greatest! Glad you are keeping his spirit alive...and what a great photo you posted on your site!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 10:15:00 PM EST  

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