Tiger Tiger, Burning Bright... by Wendi Donaldson

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Taken at the Adelaide Zoo, South Australia

The Tiger
William Blake

Tiger Tiger. burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat.
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp.
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile His work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger Tiger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Canon 50D
Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L
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Featured in For The Love of Canon, August 2009
Featured in Nature’s Wonders, August 2009
Featured in !#1 ARTISTS OF REDBUBBLE!, August 2009

Wendi is a fine art photographer currently living on the west coast of Canada. Her work has been published internationally in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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  • YouandAi
    YouandAiover 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot Wendi – goes straight to my favs :-))

  • Many thanks YouandAi…..appreciate your kind remarks and the fav!! Cheers.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 5 years ago

    wonderful photograph wendi

  • Thanks Steve….certainly was a wonderful specimen.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Dusker
    Duskerover 5 years ago

    Magnificent animal; my favourite of the big cats. Exceptional focus; well done.

  • Thanks Heather…my fav too…..so regal!….. Thanks for the great comment too. Cheers.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Michael Tapping
    Michael Tappingover 5 years ago

    A great Imaget. For all the years I have been to Adelaide Zoo I have not even been close to having a shot like this. Well Done Wendi

  • Guess luck was with the Canuck!!! Thanks Michael…means a lot now I know how rare these are. Cheers.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 5 years ago

    “Tiger, tiger burning bright, Nice, kitty kitty” – Joni Mitchell: “Taming the Tiger”
    One of my all time favorites – did you think of that song when you chose names for these 2 pictures?
    Great pictures they are :-))

  • Thanks bedazzled…..somehow that title was stuck in my head …probably association like yours. Cheers.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Dave Lloyd
    Dave Lloydover 5 years ago

    Excellent. Love the look from the eyes.

  • Thanks Dave….he was pretty focussed on us!

    – Wendi Donaldson

    SNAPPYDAVEover 5 years ago

    I remember learning this poem at school …… I was only 11 yrs old then …. I still hear it in my mind when I catch sight of an image of the tiger ……. thanks for sharing ….. although I think we rehearsed ‘perfect symetry’ as opposed to ‘fearful symetry’ but it was 28 yrs ago …… mind gets fuzzy !

  • What a cool memory!! Thanks for sharing. Appreciate your great comments, Dave. Cheers!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • wingedwon
    wingedwonover 5 years ago

    Picture perfect Wendi.

  • Thanks Wayne…appreciate that!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Ruth Anne  Stevens
    Ruth Anne Ste...over 5 years ago

    Awesome use of light

  • Thanks Ruth….was super lucky that day!!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Terry Mooney
    Terry Mooneyover 5 years ago

    very majestic looking beast. superb focus, great shot Wendi.

  • Thanks Terry….Wendi was a very lucky girl, I think! Cheers.

    – Wendi Donaldson

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