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Salt on a Bird's Tail

Salt on a Bird's Tail
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Red Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-30 16:50
Viewed: 6154
Points: 30
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Salt on a Bird’s Tail
A Swedish Fairy Tale
Just change Magpie to Cardinal. :) I hate to mess with the original version here.

Once there was a boy named Olle who always wanted what he didn’t have.

“If only I had a shiny knife, I could carve toys to play with,” Olle would say. “If only I had a wagon, I could carry my toys everywhere. If only I had a pony . . .”

One day he saw a magpie in a tree. He had heard that if a person could put salt on a magpie’s tail, the bird had to grant the person’s wishes.

All afternoon he chased after the bird until he was too tired to run anymore. Then the bird flew down and spoke to him.

“Are you looking for me?” she asked.

“You can talk!” cried Olle.

“Oh yes,” said the bird. “You see, I’m really a princess with magic powers. And I’ll let you put salt on my tail and make your wishes. But first you must do something for me.”

“Anything!” said Olle.

“Bring me a shiny little knife so I can trim my claws. A princess must look neat.”

Olle got busy picking berries in the forest and took them to town to sell. Soon he earned enough money to buy a knife. He put some salt in his pocket and hurried back to the forest.

But when the bird saw the knife, she laughed. “This is just a plain pocketknife. I wanted one with a silver handle, fit for a princess.”

“Then I will get you that kind,” said the boy.

“No, never mind. Now I want a wagon to carry my things. A princess has lots of things, you know.”

So Olle took the knife and carved toys for the children in town. He was a good carver, too. He made cows, horses, and birds. The children loved the toys and begged their mothers to buy them. Soon Olle had enough money to buy a wagon for the bird.

But when the magpie saw the wagon, she flapped her wings angrily. “A princess can’t use a wagon like that. I wanted one with gold trim and velvet cushions.”

"You are so hard to please!"“Then I will get it for you,” said Olle.

“No, never mind. Now I want a pony. A princess likes to ride in style.”

“If I get you the pony, then may I have my wishes?”

“Yes, of course,” said the bird.

So Olle took the wagon and ran errands for the people in town. He carried loads of wood one day and vegetables the next. He gave rides to everyone. Soon he had earned enough money to buy a handsome black pony. He was sure the bird would like it.

But when the magpie saw the black pony, she shook her head. “I really prefer brown ponies,” she said.

The boy plopped down on the ground with a huff. “You are so hard to please,” he said. “You wanted a knife, and I got you a knife. You wanted a wagon, and I got you a wagon. You wanted a pony, and here is a pony. If you are not happy, then I’ll never get to put salt on your tail and make my wishes!”

“You’re right,” chirped the bird. “I am hard to please. But you have worked hard, and you have earned your wishes.” She stuck out her tail. Olle sprinkled salt on it. “Now, tell me what you want,” she said.

Salt on a Bird's TailEagerly, Olle said, “I want a . . . no, I have that. Then I want a . . . no, I have that, too.”

“Hurry!” said the bird. “Your time is running out!”

Olle suddenly realized something important. “I don’t need you!” he said. “Now I know how to get the things I want without making wishes.”

The bird laughed. “Imagine that!” she said. And away she flew.

eqshannon, writerscrawlz, bobair, Kathleen, Silke, gracious, nglen, Alex99, Luis52, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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A lengthy tale you weave
and what shall you do on Hallows Eve?
A cardinal is red I know...
because Ohio tells me so...
..but on that night, when darkness comes..
Who answer, which will come..
..All Hallows eve, it is a fright..
..to be asleep on that night
but fear not for unlike most.
You are protect, Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

-To Angie by Bob
done in absolutely no pentameter!

Oh, thy weary poets
who try so hard and know it
'tis a bird that is red
not a magpie nor is it dead

A simple cardinal with beady eyes
and keeps track of these silly lies
but he 'tis a beauty that's for sure
and once more, like Bob, there's no pentameter!

Nice photo, by the way!

Hi Angelina,
that story was an enjoyable read and this image is an enjoyable view.The point of view is interesting and the capture has very good colour,details and focus.I like cardinals but here in Alberta we haven't any except one spotted years ago-a vagrant.Thanks for giving us this view. Bob

Bonjour Angelina,

Belle capture !


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-30 23:52]

Hi Angelina

Great POV with wonderful colours and detail.



Hello Angelina,

A very nice capture from this bird. I read it is a cardinal. Splendid. Good POV,BG. Ful of fine details, only a bit out of focus. A nice fairy tail. Regards and TFS BOB

Hi Angelina.
What a wonderful story. Your image fits perfectly to the story with his tail up, just as if it was talking to Olle its-self. Very well done with a lovely light coming in on him lighting the edges of the tail feathers and his colour rich red.
Slightly out of focus, was he a bit close for the lens focus?


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-31 9:15]

Delightful capture, with the best notes to go along!
Grand story -- I hadn't heard this one in years!!

Hello Angy,
Good exposure with clarity, beautiful colour and details
well done and well seen

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-31 13:04]

Hi Angelina. What a bright looking one this is. you have captured the colours so well.With fine detail in the feathers. a good POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-31 19:53]

Hi Angie.- Wow I would like to have as a Co-Pilot a fiend like this one, and travel all around the word. Nice photo Angie. I like it a lot. Luis52. I Like your note too.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-01 3:10]

Hi Angelina.
Funny scene and very nice picture. I like its rich fine colour palette, excellent DOF and sharpness of the bird and mirror, nicely blurred BG and perfect composition. Bravo and my best regards.

Cheers, Klaus

hello Angelina

beautiful photo, i like the pov (the bird from his back)
but if i hve to compare this photo with the one 2 photos ago,
i like the first one (2 photos ago) because of his open wings



Hi Angie,
Back again...
I'm mad about Cardinals... I envy you!
And I had a really great time reading the swedish tale... Magpies are really intelligent!
Warm regards! Marta

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