Empty Space? Or Part of the Story?

This week, Jude’s Photo Challenge invites us to use empty – negative – space as part of a photo.

I thought that Becky’s Perspective Squares Challenge provided a perfect tool to consider the value of this space.  Is it empty  – as in vacant?  Or does it tell us more about what’s going on?

So I’m going to show you each shot twice.  Once with the negative space I originally included, and then again, cropped to a square illustrating only the subject.  Which do you prefer, in each case?

This is a whistlestop tour to the bird reserve at Slimbridge, to the Farne Islands,  and for the last two sets of shots, to Dallowgill, a lonely, beautiful moor in Nidderdale, only a few miles from home. Click on the images to bring them up full size

 

 

2020 Photo Challenge #29

Square Perspectives

 

An Amateur Bird-Fancier visits Slimbridge

We’ve just come back from a long weekend in Gloucestershire.  The highlight was to spend time with William, Zoë and their parents at the home of Sarah (daughter-in-law)’s parents, who had invited us all: the highlight of this particular highlight was watching Zoë  discover strawberries…

Another highlight was to visit Slimbridge, the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust site founded and developed by Sir Peter Scott.

So much to see: water birds of every kind.  But I’ve come away with memories of three in particular: three species of wading bird who spend much of their lives fossicking in the shallows for the small creatures on which they depend for their diet.

All three of the birds that so engaged me shared similar characteristics.  Impossibly long, fragile-looking legs, giving them a delicate and graceful appearance: impossibly long, unmissable beaks.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you various varieties of flamingo…..  Who can fail to be entranced by their pink plumage, sometimes almost embarrassingly vivid, at other times delicately pale?

….black tailed godwits ….

… and the distinctively patterned black and white avocet.

Follow the links for a natural history lesson.  For now, enjoy as we did simply observing them.

 

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