Please don’t go …

She was gorgeous!

I saw her out of the corner of my eye and quickly stopped to take a second look and then another.

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Brown eyes, pursed lips, pleasingly plump – she had it all. Her hair was brown and wonderfully streaked with a perfect palette of colours. I could only image how long her stylist spent getting it just right.

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It was impossible to keep up with her head movements – after a while it just seemed like a blur.

She moved quickly like she knew what she was about but somehow managed to do it all with style and grace. She was constantly on the move and at times her head seemed like it was on a swivel. It was hard to keep up!

She looked in my direction a couple of times and I smiled shyly. I enjoyed being in her presence and I only hoped she felt the same about me.

We carried on in that happy state for some time. She, busily darting about, and me, shamelessly staring. I honestly thought she was putting on a show just for me. This relationship was working.

Suddenly she looked up into my lens, her eyes widened with shock and she darted off into the bush.

I haven’t felt that rejected since high school. I started the truck and headed down the road, left only with beautiful memories and a few photos. I couldn’t help but wonder what might have been if things had turned out differently. It seemed like I hardly got to know her.

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  1. artsifrtsy says:

    Great set – that connection – that’s what it’s all about!

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  2. hannele says:

    Beautiful, indeed! 🙂 You got some great photos, at least..

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  3. Scott Marshall says:

    just gorgeous colour – the tight crop with such detail in the feathers lovely

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  4. dweezer19 says:

    😉delightful.

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  5. Phil Lanoue says:

    This was sort of like your own personal encounter with a Hollywood starlet. You see her, take her all in, but the experience is all too brief and you are left with only the dazzling memories. Well, except in your case you also come back with some darn fine photos worthy of the best paparazzi. Very well done!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks. That’s pretty much what it was like! The comparisons to the paparazzi are, I suppose, inevitable. But just like them I will claim to be providing a service.

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  6. doriswamyganesh says:

    Dear Lyle,As always your photographs be it of nature or wild life and of course beautiful birds are the best I have seen, May God help you continue to keep up the good work for a long long time to come and save nature from being destroyed by greedy humans. Regards, Ganesh.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Thanks for your kind comments. It is important to preserve the beauty around us. The location where I took this was a national park and I am happy those areas are being preserved.

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  7. gimpet says:

    Her colors are mesmerizing….all my favorites in such intricate patterns. You have made me See what I never could on my own.

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  8. photographybycalliec says:

    Unbelievably beautiful, your images are so sharp and your words are great as always.

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  9. Mandy says:

    Still smiling – great post.

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  10. Gunta says:

    The detail is so exquisite in these shots. Your posts never disappoint.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It turns out the ruffled grouse comes with a lot of details that aren’t obvious when you see it from a distance. I’m glad you checked out the photos and liked them. This post was fun to write.

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  11. MikeW says:

    Lyle I’d like to add that seeing your Fall color photo of the amazing ruffled grouse came after commuting over a bridge here in Colorado and seeing a field hawk of some kind on sentinel duty on a traffic light. His/her back was to me, with a full panoply of brindle, white, mottled camouflage much like that of your grouse on a different shape and scale. I’d have crashed to try to take a shot of him though, and then, with a phone camera? Pshaw.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It’s pretty tough to get wildlife with a phone camera. The hawks are some of my favourite birds. I have had some opportunities to photograph them and will be posting in the future. Their beauty never ceases to amaze.

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  12. Victor Rakmil says:

    Wonderful. Pity about your ruffled feathers.

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  13. toughlittlebirds says:

    Gorgeous! I love her big brown eyes and her little bill. And how she’s basically a circle with feathers on in the first photo.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I had to laugh when I saw that first photo since she looked like a ball from that angle. Given all she ate in the time I watched it should not be entirely surprising. She’s a beauty. Thanks for the comment.

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  14. caleephotography says:

    She’s beautiful, Lyle! I like how the wind moves her feathers. 🙂

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      She’s a beauty all right. It was actually a funny moment when she finally looked up at me and realized someone was watching. Her eyes got big and she dashed off in a rush!

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  15. Mike Powell says:

    Unrequited love, we’ve all been there. Your subject is beautiful, but if it hadn’t been for your tags, I wouldn’t have known what kind of bird she is. I initially though this was some kind of a cross between a sparrow and a pigeon, with a touch of wild turkey. What can I say, I am a product of the suburbs.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I think if you added all the birds you mentioned together, you would get a grouse! I suppose there are a lot less places to hide in the suburbs for those grouse so they choose to live elsewhere!

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  16. Foghorn The IKonoclast says:

    How can ever be alone except we chose it? Those pics made me zoom in and the show was worth the time.

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  17. Honie Briggs says:

    You’re better off with the pictures. If she’d stayed, she would have groused about everything you did.

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  18. MikeW says:

    Reblogged this on Farm Your Training Day.

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  19. MikeW says:

    Lyle, stop grousing about love taking flight! I hope that doesn’t ruffle your feathers…

    but in all seriousness:

    Your essay fit your photo as beautifully as her spectrum of colors and textures did her surroundings. What a work of art she is. Thanks for adding your own artistic and personal approach and sharing it freely here.

    Artists like yourself help people to fill out the dimensions of their perception of what is around them so that they can enrich their outdoor experience.

    Because this is the way I want people to feel about each outing to train in the great outdoors, with a sense of reverence and ever greater appreciation for the nuances, I’d like to reblog this to illustrate how people can be more attuned during their outdoor training.

    The greens in her wings on the second to last photo: Wow!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I’ll try to keep the grousing to a minimum and it’s not hard when responding to your comments.

      It’s not often that someone describes exactly what I was trying to achieve and does it in a way that makes it seem profound. Your words definitely struck a chord.

      I really appreciate your comments and the reblog. Thanks.

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  20. Mark Conway says:

    Beautiful colours and a great subject!

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