Wednesday, November 10, 2010

(Day 314) Something to crow about

Do any of you remember Aesop's fables ? I have a vague recollection of having read a number of them, and the lesson of a few of those have remained with me. Memory is a rather selective mechanism, however, and it's surprising what can trigger the gears to recall something from its deep recesses.

This afternoon we went for a stroll to a nearby park on the waterfront. There were a variety of birds there and they were somewhat accustomed to people. I watched the antics of some crows for a little while and I was amazed at how one of them, with its pointy beak, was able to get several mouthfuls (beakfuls ?) of water from a shallow puddle on the pier. The scene reminded me of this Aesop fable. I think that several of his friends were also impressed, judging by the looks on their faces.

(both shots made with a 70-200mm lens, aperture f11, ISO200, shutter speed 1/400 and 1/125 sec)


17 comments:

Katherine said...

How very true is the sentiment in this fable! I love your crow photos Rick ... crows really are very intelligent birds. This fable also reminded me of a clip my youngest son Matthew showed me of a crow using it's intellect to solve a problem..it is truly amazing..Here is the link below!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efcIsve5wu8

Rick said...

@Katherine - thanks Katherine; I checked the video - incredible ! Hope your week is something to crow about too !

Katherine said...

Funny one Rick.. I hope yours is also!

darlin said...

Rick these photos are amazing, the clarity is unreal.

Rick said...

@Katherine ;-)

@darlin - thank you Darlene ! Blame it on the lens ;-)

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, good and timely shots.

Bitch said...

Rick,
your photos are very clear (!) and bringing
the intelligence of those birds together
with Aesops fables is amazing..
Greetings from Athens.
Monika

lisa said...

I remember! And yes, these do remind me of that.
Thank you for the memory, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

lisa.

julia said...

Un beau contraste du noir sur le jaune dommage pour le bec couper.pour la seconde.
La premiére aussi tres bien, c est assez difficil de les cliker.
Un saludo.

CarreraCaballo said...

The background in the second picture is amazing!

What I like about photography is observing things through the eye of our lenses, since the naked eye isn't always capable of showing us our surroundings in such unique perspectives!

Greetz,

Josepj

Lisa RedWillow said...

Oh I love these . Nice catch.

Rick said...

@Leovi - thank you Leovi !

@Bitch - thank you Monika; I hadn't thought of Aesop's fables in a long time and suddenly the intelligence of the crow brought that memory back.

@lisa - thank you Lisa - hope yours was great too !

Rick said...

@Julia - merci Julia !

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph; I agree, and I think that's one of the beauties of photography !

@Lisa RedWillow - thank you Lisa for your visits and comments - hope you're doing a little better.

marty said...

ils sont si beaux ces oiseaux ! tes photos
sont belles aussi - c'est toujours difficile
de photographier les oiseaux !!
je te fais un gros bisou !

Rick said...

@marty - merci Marty; at least the birds were cooperating ;-) Have a great weekend avec plein de bisous du Canada !

maggieisfiercefamineuncontrolledbeatch said...

ааа классные. такие изящные.)

Rick said...

@maggieisfiercefamineuncontrolledbeatch - спасибо за то, чтобы заходить и после. Я оцениваю ваш комментарий!