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“Wha’cha lookin’ at Momma?” A mallard hen and ducklings.
©2012 Miles A Moody. All Rights Reserved. Please kindly refrain from duplicating in whole or in part this written and/or photographic work without my written permission.

By Miles A Moody
As I contemplated three little ducklings sitting on a pond the feeling impression encompassed in a phrase descended into my awareness, the phrase “the tremble of innocence.” As if in answer to my question “what might this mean” my thoughts ventured half-way around the earth to settle upon the person of ‘Lily.’ Our friendship feels old and imbued with a purity that runs ever so deeply; it courses in silence with a capacity for quickening like the crystal clear waters of subterranean streams (If you’ve ever spent time in a garden irrigated in this way, then you know what I mean). The enigma of Lily perplexes me still; the stuff of butterfly wings, she dissolves into powder in the most delicate of hands; she’s the porcelain figurine locked away in a case for the entire world to see though none dare to touch her. A prototypical message, she was put on a shelf from which all the subsequent copies were made for dissemination among us, so that we all might be reminded of how great we all can be from this, the original ideal that is Lily. She is innocence; our hands trembled at her touch, such that we feared to draw near her, and in the distance we created, she became unknown to us (Continued with Memorial to Life)

Nikon D90, F/4, 600 mm (Nikkor 4.0 IF 600 ED), 1/800 sec, ISO 800, Gitzo Tripod, Wemberly Head, Concord, NC, USA

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“LIfe is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away (source unknown).” It is my heartfelt desire to share some of my breath-taking moments, hoping that you also may receive something of enduring benefit.

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  • labaker
    labakerover 2 years ago


  • Thanks, Larry. I was shooting a very narrow DOF hoping to catch something intimate; problem was in getting everybody in focus, shot 200 frames, got 3 the way I wanted :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • photoflacky
    photoflackyover 2 years ago

    love the composition and subject

  • much appreciate the kind words, Lee

    – Miles Moody

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 2 years ago

    This is gorgeous. I hope you put it in the group “The Birds”. It would look great in our gallery.

  • What a lovely compliment, aprilann. I’ll certainly do so :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    A beautiful and precious capture!!

  • thank you, lorilee. I appreciate so much your stopping by :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusterover 2 years ago

    What a great image and reflections! Dee

  • Thank you, Dianne; I really was amazed at my good fortune. My big lens is manual focus and those little guys weren’t given to sitting still for long, then suddenly they all lined up (there were five of them, 2 wouldn’t fit in frame!) and waited the half second I needed to get off a few shots :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • mhm710
    mhm710over 2 years ago

    This is perfect!!!

  • thank you, m :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • LynnWhitt
    LynnWhittover 2 years ago

    A beautiful image.

  • thanks, Lynn :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...over 2 years ago

    How gorgeous! Wonderful capture!

  • As always I appreciate the kindness of your comments, Donna. Thank you :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 2 years ago

    Awwwww so sweet :-)

  • And its sweet of you to say so, Trudi. Thank you :-)

    – Miles Moody

  • DebbieCHayes
    DebbieCHayesover 2 years ago


  • Thank you, Debbie :)

    – Miles Moody

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