Be yourself, don’t take anyone’s shit, and never let them take you alive.
Gerard Way
There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:
This is me damn it! I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love! I am a whole complex package. Take me… or leave me. Accept me – or walk away! Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don’t fit your idea of who I should be and don’t try to change me to fit your mold. If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.
When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad – you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.
Stacey Charter

Bridge Street Festival ~ Bradenton Beach ~ Florida ~ USA
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Olympus SP570 UZ
(20x optical zoom lens with 26 to 520mm equivalent focal length range ~ here at 520mm)

This is a Kestrel.
(if not, please BM me for correction !!!)


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Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.
Peter Adams

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 3 years ago
    Wow another beauty.
  • thank you malcolm for another much appreciated comment !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Maxoperandi
    Maxoperandiover 3 years ago

    Wonderful detail in this whiley old bird! Great focus…is it a Kestrel?

  • I do think so !
    thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Leila A. Fortier
    Leila A. Fortierover 3 years ago

    What a great capture…between photo and painting by your settings! Lovely!

  • thank you leila !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleover 3 years ago

    beautiful capture! love the background!

  • thank you desiree !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    The softness of the photo is perfect. I like the red background too, brings out the eyes that much more. Well done.

  • at the time, the BG was more of a burden than I wished for !
    those birds are part of a rescue project and were presented under a tent, the light was “horrible” and the viewers quite far away !
    anyway I am pleased with the result considering the conditions !
    thank you joe !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    absolutely magnificent. xoxoxoxo

  • another much appreciated comment, thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Ms.Serena Boedewig
    Ms.Serena Boed...over 3 years ago

    Awesome!!! Great statement ;)
    hey..I’m from Bradenton, how cool

  • oh, I do know that you are from bradenton, just wondering if you will come back one of these (beautiful) days ! lol
    or maybe I will have to move closer to chicago…
    thank you dear serena !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • lynell
    lynellover 3 years ago

    Beautiful colors and details.

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 3 years ago

    how beautiful :o)

  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 3 years ago


  • thank you so much !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

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