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A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-21 8:24
Viewed: 3856
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cape Turtle-Dove / A Christmas wish

Although still a few days before Christmas, I would like to share my Christmas wishes before time swoops me away and I am unable to do so. I took this photograph through my bedroom window from a very difficult angle and position, but I just had to click at the time while this dove was sunbathing, as the moment would have been lost if I had to change my position to get a better point of view.

I am pleased with the end result and thought it would be most appropriate to use this image as part of my Christmas posting. As the festive season is a time of peace and goodwill, the opened, stretched wing of the dove reminds me of these sentiments, as the dove wanted to bring across a message as: "And peace be with you all, now and for always", and that is my wish to all of the Trek Nature community too. "May peace, lots of love, happiness and good health be with you all, now and for always."

To cherished old friends…
And valued new ones…

There's a Christmas gift more precious than gold
it's the kind of gift that can't be bought or sold.
It's a gift you won't find beneath the tree,
a gift you'll feel but never see.

The gift is one all hope to receive,
though it's not a material kind,
and it's one the shoppers will never find.
The gift exists on earth, but it comes only from above,
and it reaches the heart in the form of heavenly love.

May the gift of God's love touch you and yours this Christmas season.
May you have the gift of faith,
the blessing of hope,
and the peace of His love,
at Christmas and always.

I hope you enjoy looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Merry Christmas to you too,dear friend.
I like this pigeon with it's wing open.Nice picture.
Greetings and friendly regards.Alin.

hello Anna
MERRY CHRISTMAS from LOU to you and your Family
thanks for al of friendly comments to my post
great pcture of the dove
good details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-21 8:35]

Hello Anna,
Beautiful photo of this turtle-dove. Good sharpness, details and natural colours. Attractive eye-contact.
Nice to see here the dove as a symbol of peace in your Christmas wish.
I wish you all the peace in the world and good health. Merry Christmas,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-21 8:41]

Hello Anna
Nice capture of this cute dove.
Merry Christmas!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-21 8:46]

Wonderful capture this sign of peace !
Great details and colors.
Your poetry is lovely!

Hi Anna,

Impressive capture of this beautifully coloured dove while sunbathing with great DOF and flawless esposure.
I also wish you and Loot a happy x-mas and new year MF!
TFS and Cheers,


Hello Anna, wonderful shot and message. I also wish you a happy cristmas and new year.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-21 11:25]

Excellent composition Anna, nice shoot and position. Congratulations and TFS.
Best regards,

Your capture and the little poem!
Congratulation and thanks for your post!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-21 11:37]

Hi Anna. This is a pose we see in the summer if we ever get enouth sun shine. You captured this one just in time. We can see the detail od the wings so well Taken with natural colours in the bright sun light. Well taken TFS.

A happy Christmas to you both .

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2009-12-21 11:47]

Hello Anna.

I thank you very much for your gift to us.
The turtle wich is a symbol of hope yo show us on such a beautiful way.
I am much obliged looking at your picture and wish you a very happy Christmas, also for LOOT.

Gr. Hans

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-21 15:43]

Hi Anna,

You were quick to capture this dove before he dropped his wing! You managed a great shot through the window. The colors, details, textures and lighting are all excellent. I like the natural setting - very similar to those in Tucson. In case you aren't around again before Christmas I will take this opportunity to wish you and Loot a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-21 15:54]

Hi Anna,thanks a lot for this very nice and strage way to say Merry Christmas,i hope the best for you and thanks a lot for your beautifuls pic on TN....and excuse me for my bad english..ehehe...have a nice Christmas you too! Luciano

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-21 16:25]

Hello Anna,
Very lovely and excellent shot of a cute dove carying a wonderful Cristmas wish. I also wish you the same wishes for the New year!
TFS ang G's,

hello Anna

Merry Christmas also for you and Loot, an excellent photo
of a beautiful bird for Christmas time, with fine low POV,
you did well shooting the wing open, TFS


Hello Anna,

What a beautiful capture of this colorful and peaceful Cape Turtle-Dove. Lovely POV, pose & composition. Well done & very nicely presented.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-21 19:56]

Hello Anna,
You post a beautiful symbol of peace for all to ponder upon during this Christmas Season. Thank you for such an inspiring image captured and composed so wonderfully!!
Merry Christmas,
Ron & Rosie

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-21 23:53]

Hello Anna,
A fine capture of a Cape Turtle Dove having what might be an ant bath: ie, it allows ants to remove parasites among its feathers. Though I can't see any ants, it seems to a be a type of behaviour common to many birds on a hot day. I have seen blackbirds doing this in my country during the summer. I doubt that it it is trying to warm itself by doing this.

Whatever, it is a fine and interesting capture, both technically and estheically and the raised wing makes a nice gesture to symbolise Christmas greetings.
I warmly reciprocate both to you and Loot and my best wishes for 2010 to you both.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-21 23:54]

Hi Anna,
I wish Merry Christmas for you and your family too!Doves are symbol of peace and I think this post is best choise for Christmas.I liked POV,open wings,details and pose of bird a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing this beauty..

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-22 2:47]

Merhaba Anna,
çok güzel fotoğraf tebrikler..
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you and your loved too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-22 3:32]

Hello Anna,
Thank you for your warm wishes and for the beautiful Dove that's waving its wing to us! Lovely colours and sharp details too. It looks very cosy there in the warm sunshine; I feel quite envious as here it is cold and stormy weather with more snow is forecast.
I wish you and Loot a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year too. Kind regards, Ulla

Hello Anna,
at first thank you for your kind words and qualified comment about my pictures; a very beautiful picture of the Cape Turtle-Dove, good sharpness and splendi bright colours, a very nice composition with a great posture of thi beautiful bird.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too.
Best wishes

What a beautiful message and a fitting photo, the Dove of Peace.
May you have a blessed Christmas, Anna, look forward to many more great photos in 2010!

Hello Anna,
Very nice capture of this Cape Turtle-Dove in a nice pose, clear natural colors and very good plumage details
Merry Xmas to you and your family

Ciao Anna, Merry Christmas to you too, thanks for this lovely Dove, great capture wonderful colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Merry Christmas Anna!
fine pose in this beautiful close up, fine photo output!

I like this bird just flapping its wing, without flying. Fine details, congratulations!

Hello Anna,
Great capture of TURTLE DOVE with good sharpness and lovely natural colours.
Superb details.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-26 14:04]

Hi Anna,
A splendid catch. A very appropriate title.
I hope you received many beautiful gifts. Merry Christmas.
Have a wonderful day,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-27 7:01]

Hi Anna.
First of all I congratulate you with so great success on competition. It is a huge event and you deserve award. Bravo.

Many thanks also for warm holiday greetings. Let all will be OK in 2010 for you and Loot.

You have shared an exceptional image. Its subject and quality are simply stunning. Terrific lights, colours and sharpness/details across the frame. Your lovely com[pact camera is sweet (in your hands). Once more Bravo and TFS.

Hello Anna
Wonderful shot of this beautiful dove, with good light and sharp details. The composition si amazing, with good colors.
Well done and happy 2010

Thanks dear friend for your contribution to my theme.

This animal obviously had enjoyed a mud bath before the sunbathing ( to protect from sunburn? :-))

Many times I have seen one in my back garden in just that position and thought it was dead... I approached the "body", and it flew away :-) this broken wing position seems to be very popular.

Thanks for sharing,
Hugs Inhrid

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