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I had a dove, and the sweet dove died;
And I have thought it died of grieving:
Oh, what could it grieve for? its feet were tied
With a silken thread of my own hands’ weaving.
Sweet little red feet! Why should you die–
Why would you leave me, sweet bird! why?
You lived alone in the forest tree;
Why, pretty thing! would you not live with me?
I kiss’d you oft and gave you white peas;
Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?

- John Keats.

A Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) in my old Peach tree this past winter (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) – an ode to Flutterby, my little pet Laughing Dove that I was blessed enough to have in my life for 10 months.

24th January 2013 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!
27th November 2013 – SOLD 1 Greeting Card – thank you to the buyer!

  1. 3rd February 2011 – FEATURED in The Fibonacci Sequence
  2. 3rd November 2011 – FEATURED in Pigeons and Doves
  3. 22nd December 2011 – Placed in the TOP 10 of the challenge Two Turtle Doves and a Pigeon in a Bare Tree
  4. February 2013 – FEATURED by RB in EXPLORE

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraover 4 years ago

    Wonderful! ;-)

  • Aaaah, pleased you like it Paul, and thanks for the fav! Smile!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...over 4 years ago

    Maree….this is so perfectly gorgeous!
    Amazing image and a beautiful poem to accompany it.
    I totally LOVE this. It is exquisite beyond words. :)

  • Oh WOW Corri! I’m truly pleased you like it! Thank you for your heart-warming comment and thank you for the fav! Grin!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    I can read and enjoy this every day and never get tired!! So beautiful!

  • Thank you Liz, I’m SO pleased you like it, I’ve printed it out with the words on the image and it’s now on the wall above my computer to read as many times as I like…

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    So beautiful and very sad!

  • Thank you Dot, pleased you like it, but not pleased that you’re sad!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    So very beautiful, Maree:-)

  • Thanks Brenda, much appreciated. Hugs

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallabout 4 years ago

    And another feature in Fibonnaci Congratulations! x

  • It’s wonderful, isn’t it? Thanks a lot Liz, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoover 3 years ago

    Featured on 3rd November 2011

    …this time I chose Cards, Collages, etc.

    Your features are displayed in a permanent nest, erm, forum thread here in The Coop.

  • WOW! This is great Ellis! Thank you ever so much for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 3 years ago

    As this is in a bare, winter tree, this would fit this challenge :-) Or any other images you may have that fit the theme, it’s rather broad! :-)

  • Thanks Ellis, heading straight over to have a peek!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    17 December 2011 – 2 images per day

  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphtoabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations, this work placed in the Top 10 in the Two Turtle Doves and a Pigeon in a Bare Tree in December 2011.
    Permanent Gallery and Forum is here in The Coop

  • This is wonderful Ellis! Thank you to the voters, I really appreciate that!

    – Maree Clarkson

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