Friday, April 16, 2010

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

The Wood Duck hen is often overlooked, focusing on the brilliantly colored drake. But if you look close enough, she has some pretty significant, albeit subtle colorings too. The golden yellow eyeliner surrounding her deep maroon eye, the muted irridescent patch on the top of her head, and the green/blue metallic hues flanking her wings, just to name a few of her gorgeous markings... She's a beauty! (View Large)

12 comments:

TSannie said...

Such a perfect photo. Beautiful!

Montanagirl said...

They are truly beautiful, especially the male. Very nice shot.

Chris said...

What a breathtaking picture!! Wow this has to go into a photo competition, it is just perfect and awesome... The compo, the light, the couple, the attitude, everything to do a perfect picture!! Well done!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Yes,she is beautiful.I love these ducks and all their beauty.
Blessings,Ruth

Eve said...

I agree, both are just made for each other!

Coy said...

I certainly must agree, both beautiful and oh so graceful.

Incredibly beautiful shot here, perfect in every way; both ducks are well lit and tack sharp, good natural habitat for the background and very nice comp.

Your Chicago shots as well as Ken Congers NM photos from back in the winter was exactally this wood duck images I was thinking of when I made my latest wood duck post.

Tina said...

What a wonderful image you caught with this photo...perfect in every way. I've never seen the green/blue that is flanking her wings before. How long did you have to wait for this shot? Excellent!!

jalynn01 said...

What a handsome pair! I always get a thrill out of seeing them too...as I love their colors both he and she!

Willard said...

They were the first wild duck species I encounter as a youth growing up beside a backwoods stream and to this day I think they are the most beautiful of the ducks in our area.

You did a superb job in capturing these!

Brad Myers said...

I have to agree with Coy and Willard, you did a fantastic job capturing these two. I love everything about this image, every now and then you come across a photo you just set and stare at and this is the one for me.

Dominic Gendron said...

This is one of thebest wood duck image figuring male and female that i've ever seen. Great blog nice to discover :)

Bird Girl said...

I'll have to agree with that - she is one subtle beauty queen!! What a picture!