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Feasting on swan feathers

































Just as I was considering the soul of the world I came across three small feathers down beside the lake.

The soul I was thinking, is probably not something that is inside of us at all, but maybe is something that is outside of us and connected to the world. We feel the soul whenever we are at home in the world and it is harder to feel when we we are cut off from it.

This is what I was mulling over as I tramped down through the boggy lower field. Soul stuff.

I was photographing the fallen reeds in the water when I spotted the first feather partly submerged in the lake. Delicate, white, and soft, these feathers contrasted starkly with the wintery dead stalks. They are probably from the swan pair now living here for the winter.

With little else stirring, myself and the camera feasted on the feathers.

The soul of the world is complex and detailed. Observing it's small treasures always seems to soothe my whirring mind.






27 comments:

  1. Świetny pomysł, a zdjęcia cudowne. Pozdrawiam cieplutko. *** Great idea and wonderful pictures. Yours nice and warm.

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  2. Wow wow wow, stunning Foxglove, especially the first photo

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  3. I always say that there's an angel nearby when I see a feather, even if it's on my living room floor out of a cushion! It's amaizing how such simple little things can can bring a little bit of tranquil to the soul, and is a gift to ones self to appreciate it. Lovely pictures as ever, thanks for sharing your angels.

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  4. The photos of the feathers are lovely - the last one is exquisite, so delicate and ethereal.

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  5. Oh, fantastische Bilder!
    LG Crissi

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  6. Красиво!!! Последний снимок особо!)

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  7. A butterfly is often the metaphor for the soul, but those feathers work beautifully.

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  8. Łał...bajecznie.....pozdrawiam!

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  9. The feathers of the swann lookes realy delicate. Gorgeous captured.
    Have a nice weekend
    Marijke

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  10. Your camera is stunning but the eye and soul behind it is the real brilliance. Do you know of te welsh artist Ian Davie who paints pictures on swan feathers?

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  11. Thank you for that, love to discover new artists, will check him out, have a lovely weekend:~)

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  12. A beautiful thoughtful post. I really admire your blog and beautiful photography so I have awarded you a Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my post for details of the award.
    Bridget.

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  13. Beautiful pictures. The last is my favorite. It almost seems to slowly disappear at the edges.

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  14. I could not resist having a look at your blog when I saw your avatar on another site - foxgloves are one of my favourite flowers. Now I have looked I am hooked on your wonderful photos and have become a follower.

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  15. Lovely thoughts...finding feathers also means angels...I find my soul whenever I am in nature...

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  16. Finding white feathers is a sign that an angel has passed. They usually appear for me at a time of need and occur over a period, they appear indoors sometimes in very strange places. Swan feathers must be very special.

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  17. I was also told that seeing a white feather is a sign that someone you love who has died is thinking of you xxx

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  18. Thank you all so much. The "angel passing" image is now very close to my heart. It's not something I had thought of at all, but it is very important to me that so many of you have this association and have made this connection. Today I will travel to visit a special grave where only five weeks ago we buried some one very special to us. Thank you all so much for your thoughts and reflections. X

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  19. What a lovely gift for your soul! I often feel such gratitude when I am blessed to see or experience wonders such as these. Swans are such beautiful and graceful beings. I am usually calmed and elated to see them. Love these photos!

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  20. This was such a nice theme for a post and your pictures are beautiful. I can relate to a mind whirring. Thank you for stopping 'the whirring' for awhile.

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  21. Incredible detail on those pics. Really a quite beautiful piece of art you've captured.

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  22. I agree - the most amazing detail. Simple and quiet images to soothe the soul. Lovely as always.

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